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Theme '22: love is the way

Explore the beauty of marriage and family life through the eyes of faith. Read, reflect, share, plan, be creative, pray and act!

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JANUARY Family Goals

The Goal of Goals

What do we want to achieve as a family this year? Under the theme, ‘Family Love: a Vocation and a Path to Holiness’, we acknowledge that the essential goal for any family remains love. We seek to love more as spouses, parents, siblings, etc. What can we do to increase our capacities to love each member of our families? How can we participate with God towards loving each other as Jesus loves each of us?

FEBRUARY Marriage

This is My Body

Matrimony is a Sacrament and therefore a very powerful sign of love. Under the theme of ‘Family Love: a Vocation and a Path to Holiness’, we dive more into understanding and celebrating the sacramentality of marriage. How can the love between husband and wife best reflect that of Christ for his Church/Bride?

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MARCH

Family Renovation

Free to Love

In the spirit of Lent we focus on renewing our families spiritually (inspired by Lent). When we closely examine our family spirituality, we very likely find harmful practices/habits and see the need for improvement and repentance. Under the theme of ‘Love is the Way’, what are the harmful habits in our families that hinder us from loving one another more? What can we do to free ourselves from such obstacles to love?

APRIL

Family Evangelisation

Love has a Name

In April we focus on (re)encountering Christ as families (inspired by Easter). Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has emphasised the need to always place the 'kerygma' at the centre of our Christian spirituality, i.e. the essential need to maintain dynamic, authentic and personal relationships with Jesus. Under the theme, 'Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness', how well do we acknowledge Jesus as the source and very face of love? Consequently, how do we place Christ as the centre of our family lives?

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MAY

Motherhood

Behold, Your Mother's Love

In May we focus on the love of mothers. Since it is also the Month of Mary, we consider and ponder on the love of this model mother for Jesus and for us all. Under the theme of Family Love as a path to holiness, how do we understand the role of a mother’s love in our families? How can we show more appreciation and honour toward such love? How can mothers, who are all broken, better realise the profoundly important role they play in their families and the world, and act accordingly?

JUNE

Fatherhood

Redeemed Love of the Father

In June we focus on the love of fathers. It is also the Month of the Sacred Heart and thus calls us to reflection on the intense love of the Father for us all through Christ. With renewed emphasis on St. Joseph during the Year of St. Joseph, we consider and ponder on the love of this model father for Jesus and for us all. Under the theme, 'Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness', how do we understand the role of a father’s love in our families? How can we show more appreciation and honour toward such love, especially in a context of many fatherless homes? How can fathers, who are all broken, better realise the profoundly important role they play in their families and the world, and act accordingly?

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JULY

Grandparents & Elderly

A Different Kind of Love

In July we focus on grandparents and the elderly as Pope Francis has officially established an annual, global celebration of these individuals in this month. Under the theme, 'Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness', how do we understand the unique love of grandparents and the elderly in our families? How can we show more appreciation and honour toward such love? How can grandparents and the elderly, who are all broken, better realise their unique, valuable role in their families and the world?

AUGUST

Family Diversity

Colours of Love

In August we celebrate difference within and between families. If every individual is unique, every family certainly is, and this makes the world a beautiful family of families. Under the theme, 'Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness', how aware are we of our unique love languages and dialects within our family contexts? How do we celebrate our uniqueness? How well do we discern whether these languages/dialects are indeed rooted in authentic love, i.e. in God?

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SEPTEMBER

Creation as Our Common Heritage

Return the Favour

In July we focus on grandparents and the elderly as Pope Francis has officially established an annual, global celebration of these individuals in this month. Under the theme, 'Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness', how do we understand the unique love of grandparents and the elderly in our families? How can we show more appreciation and honour toward such love? How can grandparents and the elderly, who are all broken, better realise their unique, valuable role in their families and the world?

OCTOBER

Family Mission

By This All Will Know

In October, the Church rightly focusses on being a missionary Church. With every baptised person being called to evangelise, we again see how doing so within our families and as families is key. Under the theme, ‘Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness’, how aware are we that the greatest witness to the Gospel is how we love one another and God? Do we understand the power of living the Gospel through every aspect of our daily lives? Do we perhaps feel called to specific mission tasks? How do we intentionally seek to let our light shine before others for the glory of God?

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NOVEMBER

Family Heroes

The Love League

In November we turn our attention the departed, including the saints. It is in the nature of humanity to be drawn to those who inspire and stand out as heroes of virtue. Under the , ‘Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness’, which of our departed family members were exemplary heroes of love, and why? Do we ponder on how they managed to love so heroically? What can we learn from them, and how can we act on these lessons?

DECEMBER

Family Joy

The Joy of Love

In December we celebrate Christmas which always comes with a spirit of gratitude and joy. Under the , ‘Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness’, do we choose gratitude over despair and despondency in the face of all we face as families? What are we most grateful as we look back at our encounters of the past year? Do we truly understand the gift that is family? Do we seek our ultimate joy in shared love or in worldly treasures and pleasures?

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