FAMILIES DID YOU KNOW? LOVE IS CALLING YOUR CHILDREN
In this time of the New Evangelization, we are all called to reflect more deeply on God’s will for our lives. This workshop can help us to do just that! It can be hosted as a parish-based event. As “domestic churches”, couples and families might also like to host this workshop in their own homes – for themselves or with groups of friends – in order to reflect on the question of Christian vocations.
A. Opening greeting from moderator:
The moderator extends a few words of welcome to those gathered, summarizing the objectives of the workshop.
B. Invocation of the Holy Spirit:
The moderator invites those gathered to join in the following, well known, prayer:
Come Holy Spirit
All: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Moderator: Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
All: And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Moderator: Let us pray.
All: O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
C. Reading from the Word of God:
Romans 12: 4-8
D. Small groups discussion:
The moderator breaks the gathering into small groups — ideally including no more than six individuals. Each group is assigned a limited number of questions — found on the last page of the brochure. A photocopy of the last page of the brochure is provided to each participant. Each group nominates a spokesperson/secretary who will report to the larger group at the completion of the exercise (45 minutes).
E. Sharing with large group:
A spokesperson from each of the small groups is invited to report the insights of his or her group relative to each question. Contributions to the larger group should be limited to one main insight per question considered (45 minutes).
F. Closing thanks and optional prayer:
The moderator thanks the participants for their presence and their insights and — optionally — closes by inviting all gathered to join in praying the Lord’s Prayer.
G. Parish bulletin:
A summary of the main insights emerging from the workshop can be published in the parish bulletin.
Suggested supplementary readings:
- Familiaris Consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II (see especially paragraphs 11-16, 36-41, and 51-62)
- The Consecrated Life (Vita Consecrata), Post-Synodal Exhortation of Pope John Paul II
- The New Millennium (Novo Millennio Ineunte), Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II (see especially paragraphs 46 and 47)
- Vocation and Mission of the Laity (Christifideles Laici), Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II)
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (see especially, Chapter Five, “The Family, the Vital Cell of Society”)
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church (see especially paragraphs 54, 542-543, 762, 825, 836, 1694, 1907 and 2461).
For personal prayer and meditation:
- Genesis 12:1
- 1 Samuel 3:10-19
- Matthew 4, 18-22
- Ephesians 4:1-3