The parish and the family

Our parishes are a family of families and need to seek ways to celebrate this by regularly affirming their presence. Opportunities need to be provided to encourage our families to meet together and to get to know each other.

Welcoming families has to be intentional and constant. The message of welcome to families needs to be part of our liturgy, on our websites, in our newsletters, part of our planning of events and shown on all our faces.

Our parishes are full of opportunities for events and groups for families. It might be an event such as a ‘Family Day’ or perhaps a group directed at different age groups e.g. toddler groups, grandparents groups, family groups etc. Families can get involved in the planning and organisation.

It might be that a group is formed to provide an opportunity to share and explore questions of faith. To help equip parents to ask and deal with difficult questions of faith, and to not only receive answers, but also to build relationships with others in the community.

With Christ joy is constantly born anew… I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark on a new chapter of evangelisation marked with this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.” (Evangelii Gaudium 1).



Prayers to Start my Day

David O’Malley  Published by Don Bosco Publications


Prayers to Close my Day

David O’Malley  Published by Don Bosco Publications


A new companion to Prayer – Meeting God where you are

Celia Wolf-Devine  Published by CTS


Facing Difficulties in Christine Family Life

Dr Peter Kahn  Published by CTS


Faith in the Family – A Handbook for Parents

Anne Burke-Gaffney & Fr Marcus Holden  Published by CTS