Christian Family Life Communique #7

Dear sisters in the League and Spiritual Advisor: Rev. Alfredo Monacelli                                                                          

If you are a returning Parish Christian Family Life Chairperson—welcome back—and if you are a new Parish Christian Family Life Chairperson—thank you for allowing yourself to try something new. I am sure you will find this position interesting and worthwhile.

Once again we are in Lent so I would like to quote our Provincial Chairperson for Christian Family Life Susan Steiner who shared: “Lent summons us and enables us to come to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.” (Pope Francis)

Intentions for March (from Pope Francis) Formation of the Spiritual Discernment

That the church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.”

Dates to Remember

Marriage and Family: May 13-20, 2018 The National Week for Life and Family will be celebrated with the theme Love Encountering the Other. COLF has put together free reproducible resources available online through the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) website

11th Annual March for Life – Thursday May 10, 2018, Centennial Square to the BC Legislature

Join thousands of others from throughout BC for the 11th Annual March for Life, in Victoria. Marchers should be at Centennial Square by 1:45. The Marchers will leave at 1:45 and head down Government Street to the Legislature. Marchers will arrive at the front lawn at approx. 2:15 pm for the Rally for Life, which will have inspirational speakers and lively music until 3:15. The day ends with the Victoria Pro-Life Dinner. Details to be determined.

Christian Family Life Workshops Available

  • #809 – Euthanasia
  • #825 – Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
  • #821 – Rainbow and Flowers – Living with the Saints
  • #826 – World Peace-A Family Recipe – written by COLF – a reflection on the vocation of marriage and family and the importance of passing peace on to the next generation.

Dignity of Life – Over the years many letters have been initiated asking government officials to stop funding abortions. A letter was sent to our National Chairperson from Sr. Jean MacDonald C.S.M. stating that we need God’s intervention to stop abortions from taking place. She invites members to pray the Novena to Our Lady of Gaudalupe for the unborn asking her Son to obtain an end to abortions.

Following the prayer we are asked to take action on the following Resolutions.

  • 2004.01 – Protection of Human Life: Write to the federal government and request legislation prohibiting the termination of human life at any stage of development.
  • 1992.05 – Support Services for Pregnant Women: Write to provincial and territorial government asking for support services for pregnant women in need and to re-enforce the League’s objection to government funded women’s agencies promoting abortion on demand.

Petition of One Million 2019:  A project to gather one million+ signatures to be presented to the federal government in 2019 in support of Pro-Life issues. Unfortunately, four million children have been killed by abortion since 1969, but they can be recognized by every signature that is collected, proclaim to all Canadians that every life must be protected from conception to natural death. Visit petitionofonemillion.ca/sign-petition/ to download and print the signature page. Collect as many signatures as you can and send them to the address at the bottom of the petition. Please e-mail Alliance for Life Ontario at                              or call 866-588-2684 with any questions.

Lenten Booklets from Novalis

Adults – Practicing LOVE-Family Devotions for Lent, The Joy of Lent Engagement & Daily Prayers and Joyful Steps – Daily Devotions

Children – How I spent MY Lent – Lent Lessons & Activities for Children and Jesus Loves Me – Lenten Devotions for Children

Teens – The Act of Lent – Preparation, Prayer & Daily Action for Teens and Young Adults

To order call 800-387-7164 or fax 800-393-1555 and mention promo code CCPL18

I have mentioned the Christian Family Life Study Kit before, but I would like to encourage all the Parish Christian Family Life Chairpersons to download this kit if you have not already, as you should all have it in your file.

Have a Happy Easter. God Bless,

Bertha

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