The Family = The Domestic Church
-What does this mean?
-How could my family do it?
Click below to watch a short video to help you understand how your family is/ can be holy.
Don’t miss the reflection questions at the end!
- Catholic Digest: Uses the stories of real life people to demonstrate that a life guided by faith can be exciting, challenging, enlivening and joyous. Published 9 times per year, each issues contains meaningful ways to connect faith with everyday life: stories that inform, inspire and entertain, tips for strengthening family ties and friendships, plus recipes, jokes, puzzles and more. Catholic Digest is owned and published by Bayard US.
- Family Matters: This Catholic site provides weekly suggestions for marriage enrichment and family spirituality enrichment. (Think: weekly bulletin blurbs) The site also offers lengthier suggestions for couples to implement and ideas for strengthening parish support of marriage and family. The author, Susan Vogt, does workshops and there is a considerable bibliography as well. She has worked in family ministry/counseling, including for the USCCB and as part of NACFLM.
In her welcome, Susan Vogt explains the purpose of her website: “Learn how to negotiate those bumps and deepen the most important relationships in your life. I don’t promise a quick fix, but I can give you a place to start, a path, a coach. I would like to help you increase your communication skills, deepen your values and spirituality, and achieve a more satisfying lifestyle. My goal is to help you become the best person, spouse, or parent you can be, because – Your Family Is Your Job!”
Bereavement Support Groups
- Carbondale, Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Sr. Jane Connolly, IHM
For information call 570-282-5172
- Clarks Summit, Our Lady of the Snows Parish
Small group support
First Wednesday of each month, 10:00 A.M.
Third Sunday of each month, 2 P.M.
301 S State Street/US 6 & 11
Location: parish center/rectory
For information call Nettie Goldate at 570-586-1741
Support for Parents
Contact Susan Brier, 570-586-2162
- Pittston, Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist
Healing Hearts – 6 week program
Tuesday evenings, May & June, 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday evenings, September & October, 7:00 P.M.
Location: Parish Dining Room
For information, call 570-654-0053
- Pocono Pines, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
Second Wednesday of every month, 9:30 A.M.
Convenes in Our Lady of the Lake Hall, lower level of the Church
For information, call 570-646-6424 (weekdays) or 839-9346 (evenings).
It is not necessary to be a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish or even to be Catholic in order to attend this ecumenical group. The format is open and ongoing (not limited to a fixed number of sessions) and the content of the meeting is selected to address the needs of those present. Anyone who has experienced a loss due to death, divorce or separation is encouraged to attend. Through the use of audio, visual and printed materials, the group offers information about the stages of grief and the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual effects that may be experienced by those who are grieving. A lending library contains materials that are helpful for children, adolescents and adults. The compassionate presence of people who have journeyed through the grieving process offers support for the newly bereaved and for those who may have delayed the process or who still need assistance.
Online Resources for Grieving
- Resources for Grieving: Creighton University’s resource page for grief and grieving ministry. http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Grief/ This website can be used to handle one’s own grief or support someone who is grieving. It includes:
- Prayers for Grieving
- A talk on grief : “Seeking God When We Seem Lost in Grief” by Mary Ann Vail, coordinator of the Ministry of EMBRACE, the grief ministry for Mary Our Queen parish, Omaha, Nebraska. The death of her 18 year old daughter to leukemia nine years ago, prompted Mary Ann Vail to reach out in compassion to others and become involved in grief ministry. This presentation offers presence and support for those who have lost loved ones. The talk offers suggestions, support and resources for a faith-based approach to grief and loss. It covers:
- The Grief Process
- Sharing the sorrow
- Anger and confusion in faith in grief
- Reaching out to others
- Resources for support
- Resources for Those Who Are Grieving or Supporting Others in Grief:
- Other Resources Online:
- Prayer preparing for Christmas after a loss
- Grief Counseling Resource Guide from the New York Office of Mental Health: Free, printable “Field Manual” for caregivers and those in grief.
- Rainbows: Resources to help children in grief
- Praying Our Goodbyes by Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM
- How to Grieve by Larkin Warren, AARP Magazine
- Office Memorials by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
From Good Grief Resources
- Good Grief: Grieving Resource Links
- Crisis, Grief & Healing Pages
- Post-Abortion Healing: Rachel’s Vineyard
Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. We also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel’s Vineyard. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.
The program is an opportunity to examine a person’s abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted him/her in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma.
Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there.
National organization: Rachel’s Vineyard — 800-HOPE4ME (800-467-3463) or www.rachelsvineyard.org.
National Hotline for Abortion Recovery –1-866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)
The support program, Project Rachel, is active within the diocese. Contact Deacon Ed Casey at Catholic Social Services at 570-207-2283.
- Prayers for Fathers and Husbands –from Creighton University http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Fathers/
- Prayers by and for Mothers – from Creighton University http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Mothers/
- Praying Together as a Family
- Vibrant Faith at Home This website, written by Catholic and mainline Protestant parish ministers, offers reflections and prayer experiences for families of all stages as well as for individual adults. Variety of topics. Everything you need is free and easily accessible, including links to helpful resources. Also has option for paid subscription for parish-friendly teen-, family- and child-based reflection in group settings. http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/
- Raising Healthy, Holy Kids
- Articles on Parenting from foryourmarriage.org, a website for catholic couples sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Spirit and Song: a website with contemporary Catholic music. While this is a commercial site, you can listen to free playlists at http://www.spiritandsong.com/playlist/browse.
- Education on Parenting: Contact any one of the diocese’s Catholic Social Services Offices
- Teaching the Way of Love: free articles online about parenting http://www.twl4parents.com/parenting-basics/
- National Stepfamily Resource Center based in University of Auburn, AL, dedicated to sharing solid research on step-families stepfamilies.info
- National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities: sponsored by the USCCB,ncpd.org
- Marianist Family Retreat Center: Offers retreats for family members at all stages: youth and young adults, married couples, widows and widowers, single-parent families, two-parent families and individuals.
Volunteering as Family to Help Others
- Read about the “What?” and “Why?” of Catholic social action in America at Catholic Social Teaching, the USCCB webpage with related articles
- What can we do? Your parish bulletin is a great place to start! See how your parish is reaching out to the needy in your neighborhood and volunteer to help out. If you know of a need that is not being met, attend the next parish Social Action Committee meeting and discuss what it would take to make your idea a reality.
- Volunteer at one of the diocesan soup kitchens
- St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen – Wilkes-Barre
St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen always needs volunteers, especially on weekends and holidays during the summer months.
- Lunch Service: seven days a week, 9AM- 1:30PM
- Dinner Service: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4-7PM.
- Food Pantry: Tuesdays, 9-11AM. and 5-6PM,. and Thursdays, 9-11AM
- Used Clothing Room: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11AM; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3PM.
If interested, please call Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly, V.E., M.S.W., at 570-822-7118 or email email@example.com. Volunteers are required to have a criminal back ground check.
- Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen –Scranton
St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen relies entirely on the collaboration of individuals, groups, and corporations to continue in its mission of feeding the hungry. They accept donations of monetary gifts, prepared and non-perishable food items, kitchen supplies and volunteer service. They encourage strong community involvement to help support the future of the Kitchen and to enable them to meet the needs of the growing number of poor and hungry men, women and children in our area. With the continued generous support of business, civic, and religious groups and concerned individuals within the community, their mission will continue to be realized.
Volunteer Information for Meals: Volunteers will assist in the preparation of daily meals and the service of those meals. Provided for our volunteers are aprons and gloves. Volunteers are asked to wear long pants and no open toed footwear for safety reasons. Again for safety concerns, children between 12 and 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
- Lunch Service: Monday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Dinner Service: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evenings, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Volunteer Information for Clothing Distribution: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon