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Family Honor Executive Director on Catholic TV!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Boston, MA learns more about Family Honor! Brenda Cerkez, Executive Director of Family Honor was a guest on Catholic TV’s program “This is the Day” in early June. Brenda talked with hosts Fr. Robert Reed and Jay Fadden about the unique work of Family Honor and our mission to provide a family-centered Catholic appJay Fadden about the unique work of Family Honor and our mission to provide a family-centered Catholic approach to chastity education.

Watch the interview here.

Pope tells families to spread gifts of love, sacrifice to help others

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

In early June, Pope Benedict XVI participated in the VII World Meeting of Families. Held in Milan, Italy this year, the next meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA in 2015, an event which the Holy Father says he will attend.

In his homily at the close of the meeting, Pope Benedict told the group of more than one million, that families are called to receive and to pass on the truths of faith in a spirit of harmony, to live our love for each other and for everyone, sharing joys and sufferings, learning to seek and to grant forgiveness…”

Read his full homily here, along with other reports from the World Meeting of Families.

Popes Homily at Closing Mass of the VII World Meeting of Families

Pope: The Married Family Can Change the World

Pope to Youth: God Calls You to Great Things Today

Benedict XVI’s Dialog with Families

How Do We Learn to Love?

Evangelization – One Family at a Time

Evangelization – One Family at a Time

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Authors of ‘Catholics Next Door’ Speak of Stumbling, Getting up on Daily Path to Holiness

By Kathleen Naab
NEW YORK, MAY 29, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI’s presence in Milan this weekend for the 7thWorld Meeting of Families sends a strong message of how important the evangelization of families is for this pontificate.

Jennifer and Greg Willits are actively involved in that evangelization, through a variety of apostolates, and most recently through a book they’ve released on living as a Catholic family in today’s world. “The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living” is a book directed not only to parents and grandparents, but to anyone trying to live the Catholic faith, and struggling through the pitfalls of human weakness.

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How Do We Learn to Love?

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Catholic Psychologist Andrew Sodergren Reflects on Attachment

WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 21, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Children who find a secure safe haven in their parents are well on their way to becoming secure, mentally healthy adults with the skills needed to form their own strong relationships, says Dr. Andrew J. Sodergren, a psychologist who seeks to integrate psychological sciences with a Catholic understanding of the human person.

Though a healthy parent-child relationship is key for the future, as many as 40% of adults are grappling with a history of insecure relationships with parents.

ZENIT spoke with Sodergren about the psychology of “attachment” and what to do when an attachment has been lacking.

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Benedict XVI’s Dialog with Families

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

“We are Defending Mans Freedom When We Defend Sunday”

MILAN, June 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the dialogue Benedict XVI had with several families in Milan during the VII World Meeting of Families.
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1. Cat Tien (a little girl from Vietnam):
Hi, Pope. I am Cat Tien, I come from Vietnam.
I am 7 years old and I would like to present my family to you. He is my dad, Dan, and my mom’s name is Tao, and he is my little brother Binh.
I would really like to know something about your family and when you were little like me…

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Pope to Youth: God Calls You to Great Things Today

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

PAPAL ADDRESS TO CONFIRMANDI

“Learn to Converse With the Lord”

MILAN, June 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at the meeting with youth receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the VII World Meeting of Families.
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Dear young men and women,
It is a great joy for me to be able to meet you during my visit to this city of yours. In this famous soccer stadium today you are the protagonists! I greet your archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Scola, and I thank him for the words that he has addressed to me. I also thank Fr. Samuele Marelli. I greet your friend who welcomed me on your behalf. I am happy to greet the episcopal vicars who, in the name of the archbishop, administered or will confirm you. A special thank you to the Foundation of Milanese Oratories, who organized this meeting, to your priests, to all the catechists, the educators, the sponsors and to those in the individual parish communities were your companions on the way and who to you bore witness to the faith in Jesus Christ dead, risen, and alive.

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Pope: The Married Family Can Change the World

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can revolutionize modern society for the better.

“Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing, it is the only force that can truly transform the world,” he said during his homily to almost 1 million pilgrims gathered in Milan’s Bresso Park on June 3.

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Don’t Miss the Theology of the Body for Families: Hope & Healing Conference July 6 &7!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Family Honor and the Diocese of Charleston’s Family Life Office will welcome families from at least 15 states during the Theology of the Body for Families: Hope & Healing conference. The unique event will be held in South Carolina’s Upstate at St. Mary Magdalene Parish, just outside of Greenville, SC. The conference is scheduled for Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7.

Family Honor’s Executive Director, Brenda Cerkez, says this conference was born from a love for families and a desire to respond to the needs of families who are looking for practical answers and help as they struggle to raise children in the current culture.

This summer-time conference in Greenville will assist parents in their understanding of sexuality-related issues, so that they can be in a better position to communicate more effectively with their children about these important issues. It will also be a good resource for catechists and church leaders who want to assist parents they serve.

There is something for everyone at this conference: inspiring keynote addresses by some of the foremost experts in TOB; informative workshops; talks for young adults; Mass with Bishop Robert Guglielmone; and more. Childcare is available so bring the whole family!

More information can be found at www.FamilyHonor.org/2012-tob-conference/ or by calling
803-929-0858.

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Online Course Addresses Implications of an Over-sexualized Culture

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Have you noticed? Catholic Church teachings on sex, marriage, and sexuality have been all over the mainstream media the past several months. But have you also noticed that the media and the culture have twisted these teachings and removed God from the conversation completely?

In May, President Barack Obama announced his support for “same-sex marriage,” three days after Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, said that he was “absolutely comfortable” with “same-sex marriage.”

In January, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, also a Catholic, unveiled a policy that would require all private health insurance plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, surgical sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs.

What exactly does the Catholic Church say about these issues? Family Honor’s online course, The Truth and Meaning of Sexuality, Love & Family: Cultural Implications is the answer! In this college-level course, parents, teachers, catechists, priests, religious, seminarians and lay persons will gain a solid foundation in their understanding of authentic love, human sexuality, and the dignity of the human person. Family Honor’s “Cultural Implications” course will teach core truths – defined by Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and natural law – as the foundation for authentic formation of the human person in their dignity as images of God.

Students will learn about:

  • The history and trends of sexual thought and expression;
  • The consequences of the sexual revolution and the modern sex education movement and their contribution to the breakdown of sexual morality;
  • Long-standing theories of psychosexual development and psychosocial research on the need for human “connectedness;”
  • Male and female complementarity;
  • The gift of fertility and total person sexuality;
  • The faith response to the cultural upheaval, framed with the language of Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Pope Benedict XVI’s explanation of human sexual love in his encyclical Deus Caritas Est.

The 2012 Fall Semester begins on August 16, 2012. Click here for more information or to register today.

Pope tells families to spread gifts of love, sacrifice to help others

Monday, June 11th, 2012

In early June, Pope Benedict XVI participated in the VII World Meeting of Families. Held in Milan, Italy this year, the next meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA in 2015, an event which the Holy Father says he will attend.

In his homily at the close of the meeting, Pope Benedict told the group of more than one million, that families are called to receive and to pass on the truths of faith in a spirit of harmony, to live our love for each other and for everyone, sharing joys and sufferings, learning to seek and to grant forgiveness…”

Read his full homily here, along with other reports from the World Meeting of Families.

Read more news from the World Meeting of Families and other news here.