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On the Road Again

June 6, 2017

Later this week, we have the pleasure of going back to beautiful Maine to present Family Formation to a group of parish leaders.  If you’re in the area, join us!


Fatima Packet Reminder

May 13, 2017


Family Formation families: If you haven’t already, make sure to take a look at your Fatima Anniversary Activity Packet sometime this weekend!  You’ll get the first parts of the story along with activities to help celebrate!

Francisco and Jacinta will be canonized today

May 13, 2017

This is the story of the miracle that led to their canonization.

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The Final Battle …

May 8, 2017

The Final Battle

8 Things You Should Know About the Fatima Apparitions

May 6, 2017
  1. We wrote about the first one, gaining an indulgence, yesterday.fatima icon
  2. Catholics are not bound to believe in the visions at Fatima.
  3. The miracle of the sun was requested by Lucia to prove that the devil was not at work in the apparitions.
  4. The chapel that Our Lady requested to be built in her honor in Fatima was destroyed in 1922.
  5. The famous statue of Our Lady of Fatima was made under the direction of Sister Lucia – one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared.
  6. The world is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  7. The children at Fatima saw hell and we should take warning.
  8. Jacinta, one of the children who Our Lady appeared to, is an incorruptible.

Read the details of each here, at

Proclaim the gospel!

May 2, 2017

In Mark 16:15, Jesus says “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”  Today, we would like to honor a group of volunteers whose work helps Family Formation parishes to do just that.

Our collating group meets each month to put together hundreds of packets and send them out to our subscribing parishes. (A few of the volunteers are pictured above.)  Before that happens though, we have other people who come in each week to prepare materials and still more who take things home to complete.

What looks like  measuring yarn, counting beads, cutting fabric, and all manner of other tedious jobs is really a group of generous volunteers using their time and talents to serve Christ and to make it possible for DREs, catechists, and parents down the line to talk about Jesus with their students and to do memorable activities to make those talks come to life.  We are so grateful for their work, and for all the ways they participate in Family Formation’s mission to help parents be the first and best teachers of their children in the Faith.

All in God’s Plan

May 1, 2017

Thank you so much to all the volunteers who made this weekend’s Mother/Daughter Tea and Father/Son BBQ such successful events! Both are our Tier 1 events for the Archdiocese’s All in God’s Plan program, teaching families about one of God’s amazing gifts. You can learn more here.

Like most things we do here, these events begin with parent support and education – in this case, with a required Parent Night event held about 6 weeks earlier.  Then, both the boys and girls events feature speakers on virtue, the unique gifts of being a boy or girl, a talk from a medical professional on upcoming physical changes, and lots of fun!  Besides passing on information to the kids, it’s a wonderful opportunity to help parents and kids connect on this important topic.  It’s an annual event here for about the last 20 years and we recommend it highly!


All in God’s Plan is a three-part program offered at various stages of development for children, and their mothers, fathers, parents, guardians, or other strong role models in their lives. Each program is age specific and appropriate. It is intended to assist families in teaching youth about God’s gift of human sexuality and the sacredness of human life while emphasizing the importance of the family.

For additional information please contact the Office of Marriage, Family, and Life via email or by calling (651) 291-4489.

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