Walking Together in Hope – Spiritual Journey for Families – Opening Page

Walking Together in Hope – Spiritual Journey for Families – Opening Page

Walking Together in Hope – Spiritual Journey for Families 

‘The Church is a family of families, constantly enriched by the lives of those domestic churches.’ Amoris Laetitia 86

‘What does the rediscovery of Church suggest?
It suggests that the future of the Church lies here, namely, in rehabilitating the domestic Church and giving it more space, a Church-family consisting of a number of families-Church
We must live the Church within our families.
There is no comparison between the institutional Church and the domestic Church.
The large community Church is made up of small Churches that gather in houses.
If the domestic Church fails, the Church cannot exist.
If there is no domestic Church, the Church has no future!
The domestic Church is the key that opens horizons of hope!’
Cardinal Mario Grech: La Civita Cattolica October 2020

Context
‘Amoris Laetitia Family Year’ commenced on 19th March and will conclude on 26th June at the Tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome 2022

What’s Another Year?
Having hosted the World Meeting of Families so recently one could reasonably ask – what’s another year going to do for us? Will we not have enough on our plate adapting to the post-Covid church and society? Can the two become one?

We propose a ‘family first’ emphasis by offering accessible ideas for nurturing faith at home. The focus on the sacraments of initiation and the catechetical programmes will continue in parallel as points of contact between church and family.

We propose to look holistically at the lives of all family members.
We might notice how a mutual connection can be developed between the home (domestic church), the parish and the wider ‘family of families’.
Is it all a big ask?

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