Christian Family Life

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CHRISTIAN FAMILY LIFE STANDING COMMITTEE

Christian Family Life memo - Doreen Gowans, National Chairperson of Christian Family Life

The path toward the future passes through the family.

DUTIES of the CHAIRPERSON
The duties of the chairperson are:

The chairperson should:

  • refer to communiqués and/or annual reports from all levels
  • study and act on League resolutions adopted at each level pertaining to this standing committee
  • file with the recording secretary a copy of monthly and annual reports

 

RESOURCES and REFERENCES
The following are available from national office:
• National Manual of Policy and Procedure
• Constitution & Bylaws
• Personal Letter Writing Guide
• Resource List

Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF)
COLF Phone: (613) 241-9461
2500 Don Reid Dr. Fax: (613) 241-8117
Ottawa, ON K1H 2J2
Current addresses for additional resources may be obtained from national office and/or your diocesan council.

  • Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute
  • Theology of the Body Institute
  • Catholic Engaged Encounter Canada
  • Catholic Marriage Preparation
  • Marriage Encounter Canada
  • National Evangelization Tem
  • Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
  • The Vanier Institute of the Family
  • Canadian Association of Family Resources

Source: Executive Handbook

 

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MARRIAGE and FAMILY
The family is the basic cell of society. It is the cradle of life and love, the place in which the individual “is born” and “grows.” (Christifideles Laici)

The chairperson shall:

  • promote programs that enrich and support all aspects of home and family life such as:
    • encounter weekends for engaged couples
    • marriage preparation courses
    • marriage encounter weekends
    • natural family planning methods
    • programs for single-parent families
    • parenting courses
    • stress workshops
  • offer gifts and welcoming pamphlets to newlyweds, couples celebrating their children’s baptism, confirmation, etc.
  • arrange for speakers on topics related to marriage and the family; hold workshops
  • celebrate National Family Week, special masses and liturgical celebrations for married couples, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, special anniversaries

 

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MINISTRY to DISABLED
The aim of each council is to create an attitude that regards disabled individuals not only as people to be loved and served, but as responsible partners in the church’s mission.

The chairperson should:

• invite disabled people to take part in liturgical celebrations
• organize support groups and respite for caregivers
• assist disabled persons living on their own
• urge communities to make churches and other public buildings accessible
• provide transportation
• support and initiate shelters/programs for abused disabled

 

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MINISTRY to SEPARATED and DIVORCED
Many single and divorced people face the responsibility of raising children alone. The need to express the message of hope by offering assistance can be very beneficial.

The chairperson should:
• be available if they need to confide in someone
• offer babysitting services to allow free time for the parent
• assist with programs of interest to them
• invite the separated and divorced to join group outings

 

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MINISTRY to WIDOWED
By the sharing of their gifts in church and society, the widowed may find their personal fulfilment in reaching out to others.

The chairperson should:

• encourage participation in projects and programs offered in the parish
• invite the widowed to attend community events
• include the widowed/their children in family outings
• ensure that there is a bereavement program in the parish
• invite the widowed to council meetings and social events, arranging transportation where required

 

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MINISTRY to YOUTH
Young people are the church, the people of God. Youth today have much to share; an exchange of ideas between generations is a source of growth and renewal for all.

The chairperson should:

  • provide meaningful programs for young people
  • encourage young people to share their gifts in ministry with peers
  • support and encourage youth ministers
  • sponsor, encourage and invite young people to work in the church, share their talents and take part in liturgical services, youth rallies and other functions provided by parishes/dioceses
  • support and provide programs that:
    • teach chastity as a way of life
    • nourish spiritual growth
    • educate youth regarding ecumenism
  • make use of existing programs
  • subscribe to Catholic magazines, videos and books for use in the local community/school/parish library
  • support and initiate shelters/programs for abused youth

 

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SANCTITY of LIFE
It is the belief of the League that the right to life is sacred from the moment of fertilization to natural death.

The chairperson shall:

  • encourage members to join and support local, provincial and national pro-life groups
  • initiate and encourage members to support pro-life walks, marches, fund-raisers and meetings
  • encourage members to make their views known to politicians and the media
  • educate and keep members informed of the church’s teaching on pro-life issues
  • attend and provide workshops on pro-life and ethical issues
  • support pro-life legislation and legislators

The chairperson should:

  • pray
    • at prayer services
    • for pro-life issues
    • using pro-life rosary
    • support Life Chain
  • minister to the abused
  • offer friendship and help to single parent families and caregivers

 

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VOCATIONS
Vocations “are a gift of God” and “they are born in communities of faith…” (Ecclesia in America)

The chairperson should:
• encourage prayer for vocations
• invite priests and religious to speak on vocations
• encourage families to invite priests and religious into their home
• encourage families to discuss vocations with children, grandchildren and friends
• promote and distribute materials that offer tips on making the family a community of faith
• adopt seminarians and/or novitiates
• support travelling chalice/crucifix programs

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