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NATIONAL WEEK FOR LIFE & FAMILY (MAY 12-19 2019)

This year, in the Church in Canada, the Week will focus on the theme: “LISTENING TO THE GOSPEL AS A FAMILY”. In our information age, much of the news we hear is often negative. Now we have to contend with not only bad news but fake news.  What we really need is good news. Our loving encounter with Jesus is truly good news that sets us free and brings us joy. Pope Francis tells us that “the joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus” and when “we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?” (Evangelii Gaudium, 1 & 8). Visit https://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/church-in-canada-and-world/catholic-church-incanada/life-and-family/5041-2019-national-week-for-life-and-the-family

Suggested activities to celebrate this week at home:

• Prepare a special meal together as a family. Take some extra time during grace to have each member of the family affirm another member of the family.

• Pray a scriptural rosary together. If you have small children, pray only one or two decades of the rosary. A scriptural rosary from the Knights of Columbus is available at https://www.kofc.org/en/resources/cis/cis319.pdf.

• After supper on Saturday evening, go over the readings for the Mass on Sunday.

• If you have a young child or children, buy them a children’s bible or a bible coloring book. If you have teenagers, the following apps are available free: Laudate, The Catholic Mega App, Rediscover, Catholic Study Bible, The Pope.

• Find out if there is a Catholic shrine near you and make a family pilgrimage. If there are no shrines near you, attend Mass at a nearby Catholic church where your family has never been. Or take a virtual tour of a famous Catholic Church such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (do a YouTube search).

• Read the Gospel of Mark together. It is the shortest gospel and takes about one and a half hours to read; read it over the course of one week (~13 minutes a day).

• Get informed or participate in a pro-life event