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Archive for July, 2012

Family Honor Assists Families in Birmingham at Request of Bishop Robert Baker

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Chastity Education is being encouraged across the country by several Bishops! In January, then Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, preached about chastity during a Sunday homily. In February, newly elevated Cardinal Dolan talked with Family Honor’s Executive Director, Brenda Cerkez, on his radio program, Conversation with the Cardinal, about how our parent–child programs are helping families talk about God’s gift of sexuality.

Now, Bishop Robert Baker from the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, is requiring chastity education as a part of Confirmation preparation, and has recommended Family Honor’s Real Love & Real Life program.

Bishop Baker sent a letter to the priests, deacons, and Catechetical Leaders in the diocese asking for their support in “implementing, as a required part of every Confirmation preparation program in the Diocese of Birmingham, a component on Chastity Education that would embrace the understanding of human sexuality as articulated in The Theology of the Body.” Bishop Baker “recommend[s] the work of Family Honor, a Catholic organization committed to promoting the teaching of The Theology of the Body in a family-centered approach.” He understands the important need for chastity education in our culture today, even indicating that “we live in a society infected with a spirit of confusion regarding many moral issues, including the truth and meaning of human sexuality, the nature and relationships of genders, chastity, marriage, and celibacy,” and that “the Church’s teachings regarding these realities …are under such attack today…

Because Family Honor wants as many families as possible to be able to participate in our programs, we have requested and received scholarship funds from a kind Alabama-based donor. He is providing designated scholarships for Catholic parishes and/or schools in the Diocese of Birmingham that book a Real Love & Real Life program for the upcoming program year, starting in September. Note that scholarship funding is limited and is first come, first serve.

  • 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 August 15 to be considered for the scholarship funds. (The program must be delivered before December 31, 2012.)

Additionally, a limited number of online course scholarships are available for adults in the Diocese of Birmingham who register for the Fall 2012 semester of “The Truth and Meaning of Sexuality, Love & Family: Cultural Implications,” which begins on August 16.

  • 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 August 3 for consideration.
Family Honor Welcomes New Board Members

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Family Honor is happy to introduce you to our two new board members! Husband and wife team, Alex and Maria Munoz, are from Atlanta, GA and have participated with their children in Family Honor programs.

Alex and Maria Munoz have been married for 23 years and have five children ranging in ages from 23 to 11. Alex is the owner of CSR, LLC, an organization that specializes in the start-up or turn-around of small to medium-sized organizations. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and has business experience in both Europe and Latin America. Alex is an avid rugby player and history buff.

María has always loved Family Honor’s mission and the presentation style of our programs. She loves to serve the Lord through the apostolic work she does with her husband. They have taught Natural Family Planning through the Couple to Couple League for many years, and they love to teach the Faith and Catholic culture.

Alex and María are frequent speakers at Three to Get Married marriage preparation weekends, Marriage enrichment events and at diocesan catechetical workshops. They also enjoy sharing their experiences of God’s grace in their family at parenting classes. They are parishioners and lectors at Christ the King Cathedral.

TOB for Families Conference a BIG Success!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

On July 6 and 7, hundreds of families from around the United States gathered at St. Mary Magdalene church just outside of Greenville, South Carolina for the Theology of the Body: Hope & Healing conference. The conference was co-hosted by Family Honor and the Diocese of Charleston’s Family Life Office. This is Family Honor’s fourth national conference and this year participants came from 18 states and as far away as Hawaii to hear talks from some of Theology of the Body’s most leading experts.

Holy Mass, con-celebrated by five priests, including Byzantine priest, Fr. Thomas Loya, opened the conference. Fr. Roger Arnsparger, Vicar of Education from the Diocese of Charlotte, NC, gave an inspiring homily. Bishop Robert Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston closed the conference with a rousing homily on Saturday evening.

Several talks were recorded by Our Father’s Will Communications and are available for purchase at their website. Here is a sample of the talks:

Fr. Thomas LoyaHe Said, She Said: How to Communicate Effectively within the Family
Katrina ZenoHeaven as an Inspiration for Hope and Healing
Damon OwensTheology of the Body: Restoring the Culture of Life
Dr. Bob SchuchtsHealing the Whole Family: Persevering Through Trials and Divorce

A variety of workshops were also offered by the speakers including “Chastity Education for VIPs (Very Important Parents) given by Family Honor’s Director of Marketing and Outreach, Christine Schicker and Leading & Loving: A Chastity Education Program for Parents of Young Children (Preview) offered by Vincent Weaver, Family Honor’s Director of Programs and Training.. These were well-attended and the attendees left well-informed about Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

This conference touched the hearts and lives of those who attended! Here is what some of them had to say:

  • “Thank you for providing me with some very insightful ideas. I learned so much!”
  • “What great speakers and information!”
  • “I enjoyed the wonderful Catholic church setting with the Adoration Chapel and I’m grateful for the professional group of organizers! Thank you!”
  • “Excellent conference! Thank you for all the hard work in putting it together.”
  • “One of the things I liked best was connecting with other like-minded people! We’re all in the front lines of this counter-cultural battle. Terrific job!”
  • “It was hard for me to decide what workshops to attend with so many good choices. We wish the conference was longer.”

A very special Thank You goes out to the priests, staff, and parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene’s parish who welcomed visitors from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Delaware, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, and Arizona. Without your generous hospitality, this conference would not have been possible!

Thank you to all who participated! May God continue to bless you in your work as parents, priests, religious, and lay ministers!

Bishop Guglielmone Homily Closing Mass

Crowd Appreciation

Dr. Janet Smith Workshop

Dr. Ray Guarendi Signs Books

Fr. Arnsbarger at opening Mass

Fr. Loya’s Keynote

Katrina Zeno Keynote

Panel Discussion