Youth Ministry and Family in the year of “Amoris Laetitia”

(ANS – Rome) – Starting September, the pamphlet “Youth Ministry and the Family” will be available to Provincials, Delegates for Youth Ministry and all pastoral workers in the various environments. It was produced in six languages ​​(French, English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese) and will be accessible in electronic and printed format. It is the result of work the Salesian Youth Ministry Sector has been carrying out for several months with the aim of increasing the synergy between youth and family ministries, and which integrates and updates the path started in 2014 and which has continued with the important International Youth and Family Pastoral Congress (Madrid, 2017). Furthermore, the publication coincides with an ecclesial event: on March 19, 2021, Pope Francis inaugurated the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”, 5 years after the publication of “Amoris Laetitia”. It will end on 26 June 2022 on the occasion of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father. Starting the last quarter of 2020, the Youth Ministry Sector has begun work on finding and analyzing all the material concerning the paths undertaken by the Congregation on this topic (meetings of delegates, documents of experts and contributions from the Congress). At the...

Italy – Primary ADMA animates new summer of family activities

 The experience of the Spiritual Exercises of families animated by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (Primary ADMA) of Turin, this year sees numerous families carve out a few days in one of the Salesian centers in Valdocco, Colle Don Bosco, Avigliana, Cumiana and Saint Oyenne in June-July 2021. The pandemic has changed the way we all come together in the Alpine setting of Pracharbon, but has not diminished the desire to meet with a new heart and new rules. Three-days retreats proposed to pray, reflect and share, to put oneself in the school of St. Joseph of which the 150th anniversary of the proclamation as Patron of the Universal Church is celebrated. So what better occasion to return once again to the school of Nazareth and to abide spiritually with the Holy Family to become “holy families”? Contemplating St. Joseph and his silent and chaste life in the spiritual exercises fits perfectly with the spirituality of ADMA, which keeps its gaze fixed on Jesus and Mary and intends to make them present in the homes of its members, to be able to admire, love and serve them. It is in this perspective and with this aim that the condition...

Lighting Hearts on Fire – “The Joy of Love & Family Conference Series” online

Lighting Hearts on Fire is a campaign of spiritual renewal within the Diocese of Metuchen that seeks to bring about a renewed zeal for evangelization among the faithful. The Diocese of Paterson, in collaboration with the other four Roman Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey, presents “The Joy of Love & Family,” a conference series in celebration of the Year of the Family as declared by Pope Francis. This series of free talks will premiere over six months, covering topics for every stage of family life. One of the June talks is presented by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Watch his video on “Protecting the Family Through the Rosary and Devotion to St. Joseph.” New to family prayer or looking to add another form of prayer to use with your family? Visio divina, “divine seeing,” is a form of prayer through art. Join us for a Zoom call with the founder of Behold, a prayer with art companion, to learn how to use this digital guide to introduce prayer to your kids in an engaging way! The Zoom Call will be held on July 6 time 8-9pm.  Please register to receive the secure Zoom Link.  I want to join! The Full Conference...