Family Ministries & Parenting Support
It's All About Relationships
Families come in all shapes and sizes, but what is constant in all families is the need for healthy, loving and stable relationships. As Catholics, we do not believe "we go it alone," but rely on each other within our Faith in Jesus, our Faith Community, our Family & our Friends to help us navigate through life. The information and links available here may provide resources for loving and strong family relationships.
The Strong Catholic Families Initiative.
Strong Catholic Families began as a process hosted by dioceses, parishes, and/or schools for changing the way faith communities partner with parents so that the Catholic faith can be more effectively passed on to the next generation of disciples. The process, initially developed by NFCYM in 2010, is now presented in collaborative partnership by four national organizations working together to help parents bring home the faith: Family and Parenting Resources, the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM), the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).
Catholic Parenting 101
Dr. Tim Hogan is a writer, psychologist and certified Imago Relationship Therapist who directs two counseling centers in the city of Detroit. He has consulted and taught workshops for the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributed to the RCL Benziger Family Life series. Tim lives with his wife and three children in Plymouth, Michigan.
"The Doctor Is In"
Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio host. His radio show― “The Doctor Is In” ― can be heard weekdays on Ave Maria Radio & EWTN.
- CatholicMom.com - Step Parents and Blended Families
- FaithFirst.com - Blended Families
- CatholicMom.com - Special Needs Parenting
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) - Resource on the family & faith
- Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family Highlights ("Amoris Laetitia" The Joy of Love)
Family Guide For Using Media
Marriage & Family
“Man and woman are the image and likeness of God. This tells us that it is not man alone who is the image of God or woman alone who is the image of God, but man and woman as a couple who are the image of God.” (Pope Francis, "Amoris Laetitia," The Joy of Love -15.4.2015).
“The sacrament of marriage is a great act of faith and love: a witness to the courage to believe in the beauty of the creative act of God and to live that love that is always urging us to go on, beyond ourselves and even beyond our own family. (…) The decision to “wed in the Lord” also entails a missionary dimension, which means having at heart the willingness to be a medium for God’s blessing and for the Lord’s grace to all.” (Pope Francis, "Amoris Laetitia," The Joy of Love - 6.5.2015).
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) - For Your Marriage
- Fireproof My Marriage
- Live Married Life Abundantly
- A Lifeline For Marriages - A program to help couples heal and renew their marriages.
- Married without Children - An article from one couple sharing their experience.
- Caring For Children While You Care For Aging Parents
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