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Frequently Asked Questions
are the weekly “Be Not Afraid Family Hours”?
Be Not Afraid Family Hours are one-hour long videotapes
produced by the Apostolate for Family Consecration to help families pray, learn,
and share their Faith on a continuous basis. They also provide a weekly opportunity to evangelize the
unchurched and re-evangelize inactive Catholics.
are the weekly “Be Not Afraid Family Hours” to be used?
They should be run in the parish church, or if not
possible, in the home. Showing the
Family Hours in the church helps families to adore Our Lord in the Blessed
Sacrament and opens the door for them to receive God’s special graces in the
Sacrament of Confession. Mother
Teresa encouraged family Eucharistic devotion and our Be Not Afraid Family Hours in
churches as a way of repairing for sin and stopping the scourge of abortion.
can the Family Hours help the families in my parish?
Gives an understanding of the Eucharistic Presence and the deep
meaning behind our traditional devotions
Teaches the Faith systematically – a Roman Curia Cardinal
teaches from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and The Apostolate’s Family
Enables families to pray the Rosary while learning Scriptural
Mysteries in an enjoyable manner, fostering true devotion to Jesus through Mary
Assures the bishop and pastors of a positive, theologically sound
program which conforms to the teaching Magisterium of the Church and to the
teachings of Sacred Scripture and Vatican Council II
Provides opportunities for formation and going to confession
during the Family Hour and for Adoration and Benediction after the Family Hour
(The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle while the video is
Encourages perpetual adoration by individuals and entire families
Reception of the Sacrament of Penance
Reception of the healing graces from Jesus’ Eucharistic Presence
to mend broken hearts and relationships, preparing the way for the era of peace
promised at Fatima
Fervent reception of the Holy Eucharist at Mass
Evangelization and re-evangelization of our families and neighbors
in an inviting, non-threatening way
Deeper understanding of our Faith
produce long-term spiritual fruits by:
Enabling families to live their baptismal consecrations with
confidence and to become “families for others,” in the spirit of Pope John
Reaching our youth, who are most affected by our “media
culture,” and reinforcing their Catholic education, preparing them to make
enlightened decisions in life
Lifting up our overburdened priests and bonding them with the
families of the parish through the Sacraments and the evangelizing mission of
Building a parish community which is focused on the Eucharist, Our
Lady, and the papacy
Increasing adoration of Our Lord by growth in knowledge of His
love, sacrifice, and example, which can lead to perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
many Family Hours are there and what is their format?
There are currently 81 Family Hours, with more in
production. They are presently
available in English and Spanish. Each
set of Family Hours includes 9 one-hour videotapes and one Sunday Mass preview
video and audio tape, which contains five-minute segments of each of the 9
programs. Every Family Hour
features a Church leader teaching different aspects of Catholic devotions and
doctrine, basic catechesis with Roman Curia Cardinal Francis Arinze, and a
five-decade Rosary, enhanced by pictures and mysteries which are acted out.
Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta are featured on each video.
do I start the weekly “Be Not Afraid Family Hours”?
The Family Hours are very simple to start.
We recommend you gather a committee of at least three to four people and
use the Save the Family Program materials.
This program will guide you though the total consecration to Jesus
through Mary devotion as a preparation for your evangelization endeavors.
Or you can set a weekly time and begin showing the Family Hours in your
home, the “domestic church.” You
may want to begin with the Healing Through Consecration Family Hour Series,
which also guides participants though the consecration.
Pray for the intention of starting them in your parish church. You may even ask your pastor to hear confessions in your
Once you have at least three to four people, or
better yet, a committee of dedicated individuals who want to help you run them
Family Hours in the church, you could make the proposal to your pastor.
It is important to wait until then, so that he knows you have a group of
people committed to this.
Step-by-Step manuals are available to help you
organize and promote the Family Hours, both in your home or in the parish.
Find out how you can get involved in our Lay
Ecclesial Team Evangelization System. Our
LET’s enable groups of committed Catholics to be regularly formed in the
Truths of our Faith and to reach out as a “team” to evangelize other
families. Using the LET structure
is a very effective way to evangelize because you enjoy the support of many
others. The LET structure works
well because it is supported by the 24-hour Familyland Network, on-going
training workshops and events at Catholic Familyland, a dedicated staff and an
international network of training and support.
Running the Family Hours is just one of the many outreaches of the LET.
LET’s help foster a true, caring Catholic community in the neighborhood
Family Hour Series should I start with?
It’s up to you which series you would like to begin with.
Here are a few points to consider as you decide:
Mary, Life, and the Sacraments series is excellent for reinforcing
the pro-life message
In the St. Joseph series, The Apostolate’s Family Catechism
questions with Cardinal Arinze begins with Question 1.
The questions continue sequentially through the following series
Healing Through Consecration series guides participants through
the preparation and consecration to Jesus through Mary according to St. Louis de
Some of the series may match the liturgical season at the time you
begin. For example, Our Mission is Mercy for Lent, Doctrine of Purgatory for the
month of November, or Holy Rosary for the month of May or October