Salesian Family Festival October 2023

Our Festival

The gathering will be held October 6-9, 2023, at our Marian Shrine and Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, NY. This is an initiative of the laity and consecrated Religious of St. John Bosco’s Salesian Family.

This event was conceived as a response to Pope Francis’ call in his apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, to celebrate the family while coming to the concrete aid of families, especially those struggling. Therefore, a primary aim of this gathering is to help family members of all ages grow spiritually, relationally, and intellectually, with special emphasis on helping parents in their role as the primary educators and evangelizers of their children. To this end, we are inviting speakers who will encourage and engage everyone in living in harmony with the Lord’s gift of the family, as modeled in the home of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Tied with this, we soon realized that the Preventive System of St. John Bosco is a gift that the Salesian Family can give to parents and families to live in their homes. Many attitudes, beliefs, and characteristics of “reason, religion, and loving-kindness” are woven into the fabric of the schedule of talks and activities by design.

Certainly, the Preventive System stands on our living in union with God, expressed in personal prayer, community prayer, and, most strongly, the living of a Sacramental Life; therefore, there will be perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Mass, the availability for Confession, and recitation of the Holy Rosary offered. Without a doubt, this is a perfect fit for a year in which we are called by Holy Mother Church to return to a strong devotion to Jesus’ True Presence in the Consecrated Host, at Mass, and in Adoration. The role of the emcee is to make explicit to all present how this is so and is a planned unfolding of this, our charismatic gift.

A second, but no less important aim is to educate parents and families to know where to turn when in need of help. To fulfill this purpose, we are inviting counselors and representatives of local Dioceses who can offer their presence, expertise, and guidance to the participants. In addition, we are inviting vendors to offer for sale educational resources which can help the young and their families continue the work begun at the gathering to grow in our Faith, in well-being, and in creating the domus ecclesiae in their homes.

The final aim is to encourage the Salesian Family and all present to become involved in outreach to other families; therefore, we are extending the invitation to groups which advocate for families as well as those already involved in family ministry. We are requesting that they send representatives to our event to share with the participants about their ministry.

In centering this gathering around living Amoris Laetitia by virtue of the Preventive System, it became immediately obvious that a synodal method or planning and organizing the gathering, as well as Pope Francis’ teachings of Laudato Si’, the Global Compact on Education, Evangelii Gaudium, Fratelli Tutti, and Christus Vivit will all have their part to play during the extended weekend. Last, but not least, it also affords the chance to unfold and put into action many points of our recent General Chapters, our Province Pastoral Plans, and Strenna 2023.

Province Documents Associated with the Festival


Salesian Magisterium: Tying Together Family Ministry & Youth Ministry

Book from the Salesian Sector for Youth Ministry, Rome, 2021: Youth Ministry and Family FR IT PT SP

Power Point in PDF Format from the Salesian Sector for Youth Ministry, Rome, 2021: FR PT

“Youth and Family Ministry” – Madrid Congress, Nov. 2017 https://www.symfamily17.org

THE FAMILY IN THE CHURCH’S SYNOD: PROSPECTS AND OPPORTUNITIES by Bishop Bruno Forte

YOUTH MINISTRY AND FAMILY: THE JOURNEY OF THE SALESIAN CONGREGATION by Don Fabio Attard, SDB

AMORIS LAETITIA: SOME CHALLENGES AND PROPOSALS FOR YOUTH MINISTRY IN THE FAMILY SPIRIT by Carmen Peña García

THE FAMILY IN SALESIAN PASTORAL CONTEXT: AN EDUCATIVE AND EVANGELIZING PERSPECTIVE by Don Sala Rossano, SDB

Click on image to purchase a copy of this book by Don Michal Vojtáš, SDB, SFSDay 2018 Presenter :


POPE FRANCIS’ APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION THE JOY OF LOVE

AMORIS LAETITIA

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Multiple Resources for Enrichment on the Family and Its Prayer Life

HOMEPAGE OF THE OFFICIAL WMOF 2022 WEBSITE: https://www.romefamily2022.com/en/

LAITY, FAMILY, LIFE DICASTERY WEBSITE

OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR WMOF 2022

OFFICIAL PRAYER FOR WMOF 2022

OFFICIAL HYMN FOR WMOF 2022

Strenna 2017 We Are Family: Every Home a School of Life and Love

Resources for Enrichment on Family Life


PRAYER RESOURCES FOR ENGAGED COUPLES, SPOUSES, AND FAMILIES



North America Salesian Family Formation in Amoris Laetitia

PASSCODE – Donbosco31!

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE INTRODUCTORY SESSION WITH MEG & JERRY RODRIGUEZ – CLICK HERE

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE SECOND SESSION WITH FR. JOHN PUNTINO, SDB – CLICK HERE

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE THIRD SESSION WITH MR. & MRS. JUDY & MIKE ALVAREZ, SSCC – CLICK HERE

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE FOURTH SESSION WITH MRS. PAT SOBEL, SC – CLICK HERE

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE FIFTH SESSION WITH JENN RODRIGUEZ & MICAH TUHY – CLICK HERE

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE SIXTH SESSION (March 6) WITH MIKEY VERA AND JOANNE FUSARO – CLICK HERE (Passcode: .y+5@04d) FYI: you need the initial . to gain access)

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE SEVENTH SESSION HERE (APRIL 3) WITH SR. NIVIA ARIAS, FMA – CLICK HERE

WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE EIGHTH SESSION HERE (MAY 1) WITH SR. MYRIAM MEUS, FMA – CLICK HERE



Ecclesial Magisterium

POPE FRANCIS AND THE VATICAN

Amoris Laetitia Family Website from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life

INTRODUCTION TO THE AMORIS LAETITIA YEAR OF THE FAMILY SERIES OF VIDEOS

THE 10 VIDEOS

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Pastoral Workbooks and Guides and the 10-Video Series on Amoris Laetitia

THE HOLY FATHER POPE FRANCIS COMMISSIONS FAMILIES ON JUNE 25, 2022
OPENING OF WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES X – JUNE 22, 2022

THE PASTORAL CONGRESS OF WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES, ROME, JUNE 22-25, 2022

PART I – JUNE 23
PART II – JUNE 23
PART I – JUNE 24
JUNE 24 – PART II
JUNE 25 AM
JUNE 25 – HOLY MASS

The Holy Father’s Letter to Married Couples – “my Christmas gift to you”

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Married Couples for the “Amoris Laetitia Family” Year, 2021-2022 (26 December 2021) | Francis (vatican.va)

Vatican News article with highlights of the letter

Pope to couples: God always with you in joys and difficulties of married life – Vatican News

The Holy Father’s Angelus Address

Angelus, 26 December 2021, Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth | Francis (vatican.va)

“Today I would also like to recall that we are drawing near to the World Meeting of Families. I invite all of you to prepare yourselves for this event especially through prayer and to live it in your dioceses together with other families.”

Vatican News report on the Address

Pope at Angelus: sustain, defend and safeguard the family – Vatican News

Vatican News Gospel Reflection: A Family Worth Mirroring

Gospel reflection: A Family Worth Mirroring – Vatican News


DIOCESES OF NEW JERSEY VIDEO SERIES

JOY, LOVE, FAMILY CONFERENCE SERIES – ENGLISH TALKS

JOY, LOVE, FAMILY CONFERENCE SERIES – CHARLAS EN ESPANOL

ST. PAUL-INSIDE-THE-WALLS FAMILY LIFE PAGE – RESOURCES FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES, PARENTS


NFCYM

NFCYM WEBINARS: PARTNERING WITH PARENTS SERIES



Articles & Videos from Various Sources

Fr. Ed Broom, OMV: Bring Them Back Alive: Ten Ways to Help Catholics Return Home

Fr. Ed Broom, OMV: Ten Steps to Fortify the Domestic Church

Fr. Ed Broom, OMV: Twenty Lessons We Can Learn from St. Monica’s Unrelenting Love

Fulton J. Sheen: Marriage is a Sign of the Nuptials between Christ and His Church




Resources for Purchase

Bishop Barron: The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

TAN Books on Life & Family

Theology of the Home