National Marriage Week – “Called to the Joy of Love” – February 7-14, 2022

The observances of National Marriage Week (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 13) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. Our theme for 2022 is “Called to the Joy of Love.” Resources The Secretariat on Laity, Marriage, …

Ministry with Families 101 Training

 All leaders whose ministry impacts families are invited to register for this online training presented by the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, to be held on six Saturdays, from 2-4 p.m. EST, January 8 through February 12, 2022.  The cost is only $20.00 per individual/couple and is being offered to members of the …

In-person Marriage Encounter Weekend

September 10-12, 2021The Franciscan Center310 N. Perry Ave., Tampa, FL The Marriage Encounter experience is a heart haven that helps you listen, share and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving and thriving couple you can be. Live your best life …

National NFP Awareness Week – July 25-31, 2021

www.usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning/national-nfp-awareness-week National NFP Awareness Week provides an opportunity to spread the word about Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love, and responsible parenthood. Sharing basic information about the methods of NFP and why they support God’s design for love and life is at the heart of this national campaign.The USCCB offers the following resources to help …

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – July 25, 2021

Pope Francis has established throughout the Church the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly beginning in 2021 on the fourth Sunday of July, near the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. The announcement of this celebration coincides with the celebration of the Year of Amoris Laetitia Family. Liturgy Notes, Pastoral …

Celebrate the Year of the Family

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis has asked the Church to celebrate the family. The “Year of Amoris Laetitia Family” is meant to be an opportunity for reflection on the important role of families, which has been highlighted during the COVID pandemic. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ …

A Conversation About…Religious Parenting, with Dr. Christian Smith

Join host Rick Lawrence (Executive Director of Vibrant Faith) and very-special guest Dr. Christian Smith for an hour-long conversation on the insights and strategies gleaned from Dr. Smith’s groundbreaking research into the “holy grail” of ministry—how to help parents more intentionally “infect” their kids with a deeper faith. Register soon, SPACE IS LIMITED! When: Thursday, March 18th …

National Marriage Week – February 7-14, 2021

National Marriage Week 2021The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 14) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. The theme for 2021 is “To Have, To Hold, To Honor.”The USCCB Secretariat on Laity, Marriage, Family …

Domestic Violence Awareness Month – October 2020

“Violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form-physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal is sinful; often, it is a crime as well.” USCCB, When I Call for Help, 2002. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, the sad reality of domestic violence is particularly evident due to the pandemic. …

New Beginnings’ Online Summit – Retreat for divorced or separated Catholics – September 11-12, 2020

A virtual retreat for divorced or separated Catholics, “New Beginnings Events,” will begin Friday night, 9/11, at 8:30 pm ET, then continue Saturday, 9/12, at 12 pm ET.  Attendees from the US and around the world will join in this online event!  John Gray author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, will offer the …

Ministry with Families 101 (English) – Multiple Dates in Fall 2020

Online Leadership Formation for all whose ministry efforts impact Families!Presented by Steve & Kathy Beirne (NACFLM) in collaboration with the Diocese of St. Petersburg Office for Marriage and Family Life.Tuesdays – September 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 13, 206:30-8:30 p.m., $40.00 per individual/couple via Zoom.Space is limited!  Register before September 11! Ministry with Families …

National NFP Awareness Week – July 19 – July 25, 2020

National NFP Awareness Week – JULY 19 – JULY 25, 2020 “Celebrate and reverence God’s vision of human sexuality.” Live the truth and beauty of God’s plan for married love! Natural Family Planning – It’s about love. It’s about life. It’s about freedom. It’s about gift. Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational …

Ministry with Families – Leadership Formation

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE! Ministry with Families Leadership Formation Ministry with Families 101, presented in English and Spanish by the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers will be offered for all whose ministry efforts impact families.  Registration will open in March/April 2020.  The event will …

National Marriage Week – February 7-14, 2020

This February 7-14, 2020, we will celebrate National Marriage Week! This annual observance is a great prompt for everyone to reflect on the gift marriage is to our Church and our country, as well as an opportunity for couples to build up their own marriages. This year our theme is:  Stories from the Domestic Church.  …

New Family Ministry at St. Stephen is a Success

“Grown in Love, Strengthened by Faith and Protected by the Loving Hands of Jesus Christ” is how St. Stephen Parish in Riverview is describing their new Family Ministry that started as a response to the diocesan vision, Courageously Living the Gospel. Anthony & Cindy Basilicato, parents of two young children, are leading the initiative and have …

Local Parish & School Host Neighborhood Block Party for Missionary Outreach

In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis refers to a parish as a “center of constant missionary outreach.” St. Patrick Parish & School in Largo demonstrated one way to do missionary outreach by co-sponsoring a block party with the City of Largo on Saturday, July 20th to celebrate the reopening of Trotter Road. The …