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Celebrating Advent as a Family

Celebrating Advent as a Family

The Advent season this year begins on Sunday, November 27th. How does your family celebrate Advent? Here is a list of time-honored traditions to prepare your hearts and home for the coming of the Christ Child.


The Questions Before Consent

The Questions Before Consent

“The Questions before the Consent” are an important part of a Catholic wedding ceremony. True to its name, this moment entails the celebrant (priest or deacon) asking the bride and groom a series of questions immediately before they exchange their consent and are married. As the Order of Celebrating Matrimony explains, these questions involve the […]


The Nuptial Blessing

The Nuptial Blessing

The Nuptial Blessing is a beautiful moment in the Catholic wedding ceremony. It takes place after the bride and groom have exchanged their consent and so have become husband and wife. In this blessing, the celebrant (priest or deacon) prays for the married couple and asks that God give them special graces, including fidelity, the […]


Convalidation: Bringing Your Marriage Into The Church

Convalidation: Bringing Your Marriage Into The Church

For couples married outside of the Church, the convalidation process can help them establish a valid Catholic union. This brings many blessings to a family!


What Do Catholics Read?

What Do Catholics Read?

It’s summer, and perhaps you have time for a little extra reading–maybe even some spiritual reading. But where to start? Here are a few suggestions.


Ordinary Time?

Ordinary Time?

On July 3, the celebrant at Sunday Mass will wear green vestments for the first time in four months. The change of color reflects the return to “Ordinary Time.” It’s the longest of the Church’s liturgical seasons and, says Fr. Larry Rice, the most challenging.


Ah, It Is Summertime!

Ah, It Is Summertime!

In his second article on the Theology of the Body, Fr. Chris Singer examines the Genesis creation story in light of the human body, which is “made for genuine love.”


Amoris Laetitia “Bootcamp”

Amoris Laetitia “Bootcamp”

Join us in reading through chapter 4 of Pope Francis’s post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love). Each day will have a short section of the text and a suggestion of how to live it in your marriage and family life. #ALBootcamp


Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

For Catholics, Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a season. Why do we have 50 days to celebrate?


Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Looking for Lenten resolutions to do with your spouse? Try these, inspired by Pope Francis!


“Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography”

“Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography”

The brand new USCCB statement “Create in Me a Clean Heart” addresses all aspects of pornography use in our culture today, with a word of hope and healing to those who have been negatively affected by it.


Chapter Ten: Choosing Life

Chapter Ten: Choosing Life

Reflecting on chapter 10 of the World Meeting of Families catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare speaks about the courage and self-discipline necessary to respect the holiness and fertility of sex in marriage. NFP can help!


Chapter Nine: What’s in an Image?

Chapter Nine: What’s in an Image?

In his reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Andrew Lichtenwalner reflects on the feminine imagery we use to describe the Church. She is our “Mother,” the “Bride of Christ,” and the “New Eve.”


Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

In a reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla considers the role of the Church as a mother who seeks her children’s happiness and freedom by “preserving the truth of the Gospel.”


Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

In his first article on the Theology of the Body, Fr. Chris Singer addresses the unique goodness of the human body and its ability to make spiritual realities tangible.


Embrace the Bold Challenge of Pope Francis: ‘Have Life and Have it to the Fullest!’

In the Fall of 2014, Fr. Chris Singer, chancellor of the Diocese of Erie, presented a lecture series on the Theology of the Body. His articles, which appeared in the FAITH magazine of the Diocese of Erie, are reprinted here with permission. Article #1: Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples? In […]


Chapter Eight: Encountering Brokenness

Chapter Eight: Encountering Brokenness

“Every couple…has a story – and all are wounded in some way.” In his piece inspired by chapter seven of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Paul Jarzembowski reflects on the vocation of Christians to offer Christ’s peace and rest to those who are struggling.


Chapter Eight: A Home for the Wounded Heart

Chapter Eight: A Home for the Wounded Heart

In her piece on chapter eight of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla reflects on the laity’s role in actively extending Christ’s love and care to wounded people in our communities. Christian love and friendship, not anything-goes sexual partnership, is the “antidote to loneliness.”


Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Reflecting on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Tim Roder explains why the Church cannot recognize same-sex marriages (aka marriage redefinition). Marriage is more than “erotic or emotional satisfaction”; it is a life- and love-giving social structure and a divinely instituted sacrament.


Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si, informs our relationship not only with the earth but also with each other. Read what he has to say about human ecology, the objectification of creation, and the “throwaway culture” – themes that also relate to marriage and family life.


Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

In her reflection on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Bethany Meola explores how pornography darkens the heart and rejects the light of goodness and truth. Jesus, who is the “light of the world,” has the power to conquer our darkness if we turn to Him.


Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Great marriages respect the love-giving and life-giving aspects of sex. In a reflection on the seventh chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare analyzes why the modern practice of contraception is harmful to God’s plan for married love.


Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

“My encounters with those who are celibate in the family of God, be they religious or lay faithful, have encouraged me in my own journey to follow Christ more fully.” Chapter six of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis also reflects on the great gift celibate persons are for the Church and the world.


Chapter Six: All Love Bears Fruit

Chapter Six: All Love Bears Fruit

Chapter six of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis reflects on the fruitfulness of marriage. All married love is called to be fruitful! Couples without the visible fruit of children can take comfort in the fact that the bond of marriage itself and service to the community are expressions of marital fruitfulness.


Five Suggestions for Holy Week

Five Suggestions for Holy Week

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn and prayerful time during the Church’s liturgical year. It’s an opportunity for couples to strengthen their own bond by reflecting on Jesus’s journey to Calvary. Here are five suggestions.


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