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Archive for April, 2012

Pope talks about crisis of marriage and the Christian vision of human sexuality

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Be Informed:

In a recent discussion with U.S. Bishops, during their Ad Limina visit to Rome, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI admitted the Church has “failed at times to communicate the rich heritage of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural institution elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament, the vocation of Christian spouses in society and in the Church, and the practice of marital chastity.”

Pope to US Bishops: Marriage prep programs must tackle the grave problem of cohabitation

Associated factors in sexual risk taking; parental involvement important

Index of Family Belonging and Rejection: State by State

The Heart of a Healthy America:




Scholarships Available for “Cultural Implications” Course and Real Love & Real Life Program!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Family Honor is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for the 2012 Summer Semester of “Cultural Implications” and our “Real Love & Real Life” program! Two very generous donors have given funds to help individuals and families learn the importance of chastity and God’s gift of sexuality.


Diocese of Birmingham Scholarships:

A limited number of online course scholarships are available for adults in the Diocese of Birmingham who register for the Summer 2012 semester of “The Truth and Meaning of Sexuality, Love & Family: Cultural Implications,” which begins on April 25.

•       Family Honor will provide up to $400 per student, to be used exclusively for tuition, for those who register for the upcoming semester.

•       Students who are open to becoming Family Honor presenters will be given priority.

•       Interested individuals should fill out a registration form and submit it to the Family Honor office by April 18 for consideration.

Additional scholarships are available to Catholic parishes and/or schools in the Diocese of Birmingham that book a “Real Love & Real Life” program by April 30 for the program year starting in September, 2012.

•       Family Honor will provide up to $1,000 towards the costs of delivering a “Real Love & Real Life” program (for parents and their 8th graders).

•       An authorized parish representative must fill out and sign the program request form.

•       All program requests must be received by the Family Honor office no later than April 30 to be considered for the scholarship funds. (The program must be delivered before December 1, 2012.)

Bishop Robert J. Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham, mentioned Family Honor in his pastoral letter, The Redemption of Our Bodies:

“The virtue of chastity forms the heart of the ministry of the Family Honor program… The opportunity to assist families in the formation of their children in this virtue is a responsibility of every parent and every parish.”


Archdiocese of Atlanta Scholarships:

Family Honor, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of 6 partial scholarships for adults in the Archdiocese of Atlanta who register for the 2012 Summer Semester of “The Truth and Meaning of Sexuality, Love, & Family: Cultural Implications.” These scholarships are made possible through a generous donation from the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia.

•       The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia will provide $250.00 per student, to be used exclusively for tuition, for the first six people who register for the Summer session, beginning on April 25, 2012 and ending on August 15, 2012;

•        Students who are interested in becoming Family Honor Presenters will be given priority;

•        Students must fill out a Registration Form for the summer semester – available online at – and submit it to the Family Honor office no later than April 18, 2012 to be considered for a scholarship.


Archbishop Wilton Gregory, from the Archdiocese of Atlanta had this to say about Family Honor:


“This Catholic, non-profit organization, which is based in Columbia, South Carolina, has been providing and promoting a family-centered approach to chastity education for more than 20 years… I encourage all pastors, ministry leaders, and lay people to find out more about Family Honor and how their programs and training courses may assist your local efforts to help encourage parents in their important role of raising virtuous children. The work of Family Honor is needed now more than ever!”



Contact Family Honor with questions, for more information, or to request a Registration Form.
(803) 929-0858.  Please visit our website for more information.



Fr. Thomas Loya, TOB for Families Conference Speaker, Asks “Is it possible to live without love?”

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Fr. Thomas Loya is a keynote speaker and workshop leader in the upcoming “Theology of the Body for Families: Hope & Healing” conference, co-hosted by Family Honor and the Diocese of Charleston’s Family Life Office. He asks the question “Can you imagine living a life without love?”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: Is it possible to live without love?



Early Bird Registration Now Open for this Summer’s Theology of the Body for Families Conference

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

This summer, Family Honor, Inc. and the Diocese of Charleston’s Family Life Office are co-hosting the “Theology of the Body for Families: Hope & Healing” conference. On Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, families from across the United States will gather for the conference at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville, SC. The event will offer nationally recognized Theology of the Body speakers; specialized workshops; opportunities for spiritual enrichment; and a chance to network with other like-minded families.

Registration for the “Theology of the Body for Families: Hope & Healing” is now open with early-bird rates available until May 1. (Read more)

Huntsville, AL Welcomes Family Honor and Showcases Team of Local Presenters!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012


First-Ever Family Honor Program in Huntsville!


“Thank you so much for everything. So many parents have told me they thought the program was wonderful!” That is what Ms. Tracy Finke, Director of Religious Education at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Huntsville, AL told us about the first-ever Real Love & Real Life program held in the area.


On March 9 and 10, more than 25 families gathered for Real Love & Real Life, a program for parents and their 8th grade teens. Parents and teens alike showed great enthusiasm for the program. Here is what a few of them had to say:

“I really liked the energy and straight forwardness of the presenters. The Real Love & Real Life program gave me a wonderful opportunity to talk with my child about difficult issues.” – Hunstville, AL parent

“The Real Love & Real Life” program in Huntsville provided constructive ways for me to approach difficult topics with my child and helped to open the lines of communication between us. Thank you!” –Huntsville, AL parent

“I really liked the whole program – the audience participation, hearing other parents’ ideas, learning why God wants us to be chaste, understanding how important it is just to talk with my teen about sex, interacting with my daughter. I just loved the whole experience.” –Huntsville, AL parent

“I liked everything about this program – the games, the skits, learning to “straight talk” with my parents, the people that were there. The whole program was fun and interactive.” –Huntsville, AL teen

“The presenters did a great job! They were funny, helpful, friendly, cool, well prepared, and made material understandable.” –Huntsville, AL teen

Ms. Finke, along with Julie Kellogg, worked with Family Honor for months to arrange the program. These ladies did a wonderful job of promoting the program and assuring that everyone had a memorable experience.

A local Family Honor team is in the process of forming in Huntsville, and those four presenters had the opportunity to debut their presentation skills in front of a hometown audience! They include Team Leader, Kyle Becher, Tim Catalano, and Jarcia and Paul Kosinski. (Jarcia also pulls double-duty as the team’s Materials Coordinator).

In addition to the local team, two presenters from the Gulf Breeze, Florida team assisted (Sarah & Adam Dietrich), along with two from South Carolina (Kathy Schmugge and Vincent Weaver). Participation by both parents and teens was very strong and they proved that learning about chastity really can be fun and effective!