Faith & Families
From the beginning of creation God created ‘family’ and it is within the experience of family, the joys and the sorrows, that we see the true gospel of love and forgiveness proclaimed. The bible celebrates families through the stories of Abraham, Moses, the Archangel’s visit to St Elizabeth, the wedding feast at Canaan, and the suffering of Mary at the foot of the cross followed by the Assumption of Our Lady.
Similarly in families there is an opportunity to hand on the faith. Families often find themselves closest at times of celebration, births, marriage or at times of sadness such as death. All these are intense times but most of the time, the family provides ongoing support and friendship everyday, through the routine but shared mundane moments of life. Whatever the make up, it is the family that is important but we need to be attentive to each other. Families provide us with learning through the experiences of others, through our heritage. How many families have sayings or stories of events that were told by great grandparents and are passed on, treasured as memories but influencing future generations.
In the Diocese, our families include our parish communities offering encouragement and support to each other. We need to journey together both as our immediate families and a wider family, to share our faith and discuss with each other our experiences, helping family members to travel on their own journey in faith from attending church to celebrating the sacraments so that all may know God’s love for each of us.
The following pages explore further aspects of being a Catholic parent.
In 2016, Pope Francis wrote Amoris Laetitia, a reflection on the role of family in modern times with all the demands and challenges that life brings. Amoris Laetitia is available here