that marriage and the family constitute one of the most precious
of human values, the Church wishes to speak and offer her help
to those who are already aware of the value of marriage and
the family and seek to live it faithfully, to those who are
uncertain and anxious and searching for the truth, and to those
who are unjustly impeded from living freely their family lives.
Supporting the first, illuminating the second and assisting
the others, the Church offers her services to every person who
wonders about the destiny of marriage and the family.
are through the witness of their lives the first heralds of
the gospel for their children."
The Office of Lay Ministry Formation seeks
to enhance the parish’s role of support and partnership
with families in the mission of formation in faith. In working
toward that goal, consultations are provided in various models
of catechesis that engage the generations and empower families
in their sacred mission.
Excerpts from Papal and
Episcopal Documents on Marriage and Family
Family Planning (NFP)
Summit on the Family
Downloadable Resources for Families