"Knowing that marriage and the family constitute one of the most precious of human values, the church wishes to speak and offer her help to those who are already aware of the value of marriage and the family and seek to live it faithfully, to those who are uncertain and anxious and searching for the truth, and to those who are unjustly impeded from living freely their family lives.
Supporting the first, illuminating the second and assisting the others, the church offers her services to every person who wonders about the destiny of marriage and the family." Blessed John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio,
"The family is a kind of school of deeper humanity. But if it is to achieve the full flowering of its life and mission, it needs the kindly communion of minds and the joint deliberation of spouses, as well as the painstaking cooperation of parents in the education of their children. The active presence of the father is highly beneficial to their formation. The children, especially the younger among them, need the care of their mother at home. This domestic role of hers must be safely preserved, though the legitimate social progress of women should not be underrated on that account." Gaudium et Spes, 52
Advent is the season of waiting, the season of expectation, the season of preparation for something incredible. We await the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We spend these precious weeks in anticipation of the light who is to come into our darkness. For the family, there are many opportunities to prepare well for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Click on the the word Advent above to see how your family can prepare well for the coming Emmanuel.
Christmas, December 25, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is the feast in which we thank our God for humbling himself to come to us in the form of a infant lying in a manger. Our joy at the birth of our savior cannot be contained in one day - we celebrate that over an extended period, known as Christmas time. Christmas time begins on Christmas Day and extends to the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
The time known as Ordinary in our Church includes all the weeks which are not a part of Advent, Christmas Time, Lent or Easter Time. There are 34 weeks in the year which are in Ordinary time. During these weeks, we spend time walking with our Lord - listening, learning, growing in virtue. These weeks are our training ground in the spiritual life.
Lent is the season most well know in our Church and the world. It is our 40 days of fasting, prayer and alms giving. This season is a precious time for us to rid our minds, hearts and bodies of sin and bad habits to be prepared for the glorious gift of new life - the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. Lent is a season of penance. It is a season of prayer. It is a season of self-denial.
Easter Time is the most joyful and glorious weeks in our Church and world. This is the time in which we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, from the dead. We celebrate our freedom from sin and death. We celebrate the re-creation won for us by Our Blessed Lord. This joy cannot be contained to one day or even one week. It is 50 full days of praise to our God, living and true. Easter time begins on Easter Sunday and extends until Pentecost Sunday.