“This is a very honest book on family. It’s not pious or devotional; it’s not artifical or canned. It’s rooted, it’s grounded in the joys and sorrows of family life,” said Bishop Nulty
The Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has also invited young people “to do something that shows kindness and affection for older people who may feel lonely.”
Encouraged by Pope Francis, Archbishop Eamon Martin invites grandparents and grandchildren to share their own stories this weekend – whether that’s over the phone, on social media, or by video call – about how they are “coping during the coronavirus crisis”.
It has been a time to discover the value of quiet time of prayer in the home and prayer as a family, "the Domestic Church" – Catholic bishops of Munster.
Today is World Marriage Day in the United States, when prayers are said for all married couples at all parish Masses. We may soon see a similar observance in Ireland, but on July 12th, Feast Day of SS Louie and Zélie Martin, the Church's first canonised couple.
The post and Facebook page have since been removed and a new post on the parish website includes an apology for any hurt caused and states that all children are cherished and God-given.
My thoughts turn to families in our own diocese who have welcomed the birth of a child during this past year and to those who are expecting a baby in the near future – Bishop Kevin Doran.
"We encourage all Catholics to make time during the season of Advent to celebrate and receive the gift of God’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation” – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Children will be aware of tensions between parents but "it’s better not to have rancorous and fractious conflict in front of them because they’ll be upset by it".
"A substantial number of young people do not ask the Church for anything because they do not see it as significant for their lives."
We have talked at length about how the Church can support couples in preparing for marriage as well as at various stages during their married lives; how the Church can help families to embrace hope even in the face of adversity – Bishop Kevin Doran.
“The spread and use of new technologies has increased autonomy, but for many it has also led to an intensification of work, shrinking the space for life in family and society.”
"Genuine religious formation needs joyful teachers who can shape not only minds but also hearts in the love of Christ and in the practice of prayer." - Pope Francis
Religious art suitable for display in the family home features in the WMOF2018 exhibition organised by the Committee for Sacred Art and Architecture of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
Plan to run referendum on women in the home clause of Constitution in October remains in place, but in practice time frame may be too tight.