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

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Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and joyful New Year!

Advent has always been a time to take stock of the blessings in our life as we await the celebration of our greatest Blessing on Christmas. I personally have much to be thankful for this year! I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you as the newly elected president of the Apostolate for Family Consecration. Thank you for the notes of congratulations and prayers you have sent to me and my family. This has been a great encouragement for me as I step into this role.

I encourage you this Advent, in the midst of the seasonal chaos, to set aside prayerful time with your family to simply count your blessings and to make this truly a time of joyful anticipation of the Savior. What greater gift have we received?

“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

As the attacks on the family intensify, our hope and power lie in the incredible graces derived from the sacraments, prayer, formation and good works. Every ministry and program of the Apostolate for Family Consecration, as you will read in our global mission update, leads families to that richness of living out our Catholic Faith, using the formula of consecration.

During this season of giving, I ask that you please prayerfully consider a unique fundraising effort that we are undertaking. Further down in this email it will explain how you can be part of this effort to Build Families in the Faith.

Building Families of Faith – $447,000 to go!

40% of the annual donations for charitable organizations come in the last 6 weeks of the year!

Your sacrificial gifts ensure the survival of this ministry! 
Please make a year-end donation.

Special thanks to the families who have already given and those who took up the $1,000 challenge.

Fundraise.com: an Easy Way for You to Help by Year-end

It’s new and it works! 5 minutes to set up. Go to fundraise.com/myfamilylandfundraiser to activate your family’s personalized webpage with your own fundraising goal for your contacts.

We provide you with the template emails to ask your friends to chip in toward your family’s fundraising goal for the Apostolate. Some families are trying to raise $500, while others set a goal of $3,000. Whatever you choose, your family fundraiser will add to the Apostolate’s overall campaign. See the 7 simple steps below on how to make your family’s personalized webpage. View one family’s webpage at: fundraise.com/samplefundraiser.

 


How to make your family’s personalized webpage on "www.fundraise.com/myfamilylandfundraiser" 

Click here: myfamilylandfundraiser
Click “Join – become a fundraiser”.
Click “Sign up with Fundraise.”
Type in your First Name, Last Name, Email and Password. Click “Submit”.
Click “Create your Supporter Page”.
Click “Edit” on the upper right corner. Change the figure to the amount you would like to raise with your friends and contacts. Click “Submit”.
Copy and paste the link into an email to send to your friends. Share the page on Facebook.

We would like to share the good news of our Global Update report. Click here to watch the video report which includes footage from our founder, Jerry Coniker, explaining the great need for the Family Apostolate in these times. Our mission for families
has been flourishing, through the grace of God, in our mission centers in various countries and continents throughout the world – in the Philippines, China, Myanmar, Russia, Nigeria, Belgium, and Mexico.


AFC Global Mission Report

  USA


The AFC’s main center in Bloomingdale, OH, known as Catholic Familyland, hosted 620 families this summer, for a total of 3,525 people. The demand for the week-long Holy Family Fests has grown so much that, in the year 2011, it was discerned that an extra week be added to the summer schedule, totaling 5 Holy Family Fests. We do very little promotion of the Fests ourselves; it is the families—touched by what they have experienced—who spread the word and invite new families to come. 
About one-fourth of the 600 plus families we welcome each summer have never been to Familyland before.

We have also seen people who grew up coming to Familyland get married and return with their young families. They want their children to also be impacted in such a positive way. 

Why do families keep coming? They have discovered a spirituality for the whole family – one that is not just lived one week out of the year, but a spirituality of Consecration that is to be lived out each day. They learn that holiness is essential and must be striven for through an ongoing prayer life, frequent reception of the Sacraments, the faithful fulfillment of their daily duties and faith formation within the family and as individuals.

  Philippines


Our Lay Evangelization Teams (LETs) are implementing the Katesismong Pampamilya (Family Catechism) outreach through the various ministries in which they are involved. We have 37 parishes from 13 dioceses & archdioceses with 4 trans-parochial communities and 2 schools currently utilizing this KP program. For many of these ministries, the KP has also become their basic formation program. It is being used by Catechists, CWL, Legion of Mary, Family & Life, Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC), and Couples for Christ groups.

  China


Two of the Apostolate for Family Consecration’s Catholic Corps women from the Philippine–Asian mission left for China in May, 2011. They conducted a Catechism Training in the Handan diocese. Over the years since 2007, we printed 15,000 copies of the Family Catechism in Chinese. This year, we printed another 5,500 copies. 4,100 copies of them have been distributed within the Handan Diocese, which is one of the biggest and most active dioceses in China.

  Myanmar


After 4 years of hard work, the translations of the Family Catechism into the Myanmar and Kachin languages are now completed! Both translations are ready for printing and distribution. Additionally, we reach out each week through the St. Columban Cathedral, which is one of the biggest cathedrals in Myitkyina, Myanmar, by showing AFC videos and offering Confession and Benediction.

  Russia


We have translated into Russian the following AFC materials: Alone with God, the Commentaries to the Alone with God with Cardinal Arinze, Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary for Families, and By Heart Catechism. The translation of the Family Catechism into Russian has also now been started. We had printed 1,000 copies of Alone with God in Russian. Practically all books are distributed in the parishes of the Diocese of St. Joseph.

  Nigeria


As a result of LET initiatives, the concept of parish and town consecration began to develop. It culminated with the consecration of the town of Nando (population 20,000), consisting of eight villages and three Catholic Parishes. We worked extensively with other ministries and movements to promote both Total Consecration and Divine Mercy. One LET team began conducting a prison ministry to teach the AFC Catechism. Families have the Family Catechism in their homes and use it to deepen their knowledge of the Faith.

  Belgium


Our team in Brussels works with the Flemish-speaking priest in the National Basilica. We host the First Saturday Devotion every month with confession, rosary and Mass. Afterwards, the team meets for a meal. We also work closely with a priest to help prepare children for First Communion and Confirmation. Lastly, one of our families organizes the First Saturday Devotion once a year on 5 consecutive Saturdays in their local parish.

  Mexico


We run the Consecration in Truth program in the Cathedral of the diocese next to ours. Additionally, through our Spanish website, we have been able to share Marian consecration with many people all over Latin America. They can sign up to receive an email of the consecration meditations in an audio and printed format each day of the 40 day preparation for Consecration. Lastly, we host retreats for people who have asked for them, because they truly want to continue to grow spiritually.

Please make your contribution now to the Building Families of Faith campaign!

May you and your family be blessed this Christmas with the same peace, hope and joy that Our Lady and St. Joseph experienced the first night they held the Infant Jesus in their arms. Be assured of our prayers from our family to yours! God bless you!

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

Alan Zimmerer
President 
PS Registration is open for the Duc in Altum Youth Retreat (February 15-18, 2013). Click here for more info!