The Apostolate for Family Consecration®
Consecrating families to the Holy Family
in the Spirit of Blessed Pope John Paul II
October 2012

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Thank you so much for your prayers and sacrifices, you are amazing. You help to build the
Kingdom of Heaven on earth through Catholic families!

A Warning from History - Amazing Similarities to our Times!

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it
was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness;
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of
incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the
season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was
the winter of despair; we had everything before us,
we had nothing before us; we were all going directly
to Heaven, we were all going the other way."

Charles Dickens penned those words to describe the perils of the French Revolution, which is the evil grandfather of the current social war on faith, family & morality. Fascinating, isn’t it? Couldn’t his words describe the contrast, in this moment of history, between the unprecedented access to the ‘light’ of our Catholic faith and the ‘darkness’ of seeking heaven on earth through mere human achievement and governmental programs. Will we, as families, take action to avoid the laxity in learning, living and sharing the faith that preceded the bloodbath of 18th century France?

Is a ‘Year of Faith’ really a cure for the ailments which plague the world?

If you exercise that faith, then YES!
In Luke 17:19, Jesus said to the leper: “Your faith has made you well.” Learning, living, loving and sharing our Catholic Faith not only makes us well, it transforms the whole human family- just like a dash of leaven raises the whole of the dough.

Is God listening? Or, is our faith weak?
Do you sometimes feel like your prayers and supplications to God over the issues of abortion, religious freedom, etc., have been in vain? Well, Jesus assured us in Luke 18:7-8: “And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily.” So, we can definitely trust that God is answering our prayers.
However, we must read Jesus’ promise in context. The line that follows in Luke 18:8 is “Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Here we find our exercise of faith linked closely to God’s speedy response to our cry for justice and renewal.

Methodical Teaching a Must within the Catholic Family!

Blessed Pope John Paul II charged us parents with a most important duty: “Christian parents must strive to follow and repeat, within the setting of family life, the more methodical teaching received elsewhere.”

He further exhorted, “there cannot be too great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for this ministry of being their own children's catechists and to carry it out with tireless zeal.”

Finally, he left us with a great hope as to the 

fruit of our efforts: “The fact that these truths about the main questions of faith and Christian living are thus repeated within a family setting impregnated with love and respect will often make it possible to influence the children in a decisive way for life.” Isn’t our greatest desire to lead our children to Christ? - take a question a day to learn as a family!

Vatican II Commentaries - great for parents & prayer groups! - weekly guides

Consecration in Truth Catechetical Guides - do a lesson a week with the family

Help us Build Families of Faith - Audacious Faith!

The family is the primal sanctuary where our precious Catholic Faith is planted and nourished-bearing the fruit of eternal life and raising up the whole of humanity!

Please take 10 minutes to watch this video illuminating the crucial and
irreplaceable role of the Catholic Family

Building Families of Faith campaign Update - $541,000 to go!

We operate month to month, only by God’s providence. So, we really need your help! With $209,000 raised so far (Praise God!), we have $541,000 to go by the end of this year.

Please prayerfully consider the Family Ministry for a one-time donation and monthly tithe.

One family creatively took up the $1000.00 sacrificial gift challenge by putting out a jar in the kitchen for everyone to chip in! Thank you!

Email us the picture of your family donation jar!

Please join us in actively participating in the Year of Faith! Remember, Faith is a gift. Let us ask for more of it and exercise it more audaciously!

Thank you for your prayers and your support. Please be assured of our prayers for you and your family and all the intentions you carry in your heart.

On behalf of the staff here at Catholic Familyland and United in the Holy Family,

Theresa Schmitz
Executive Vice- President