Marfam Marriage and Family Life Renewal Ministry

Considering that everyone belongs to a family and that 99+% of the Church consists of laity living in family relationships of various kinds in the world and in line with the SACBC Pastoral Plan, of Community Serving Humanity as well as the model of the family as the domestic church and the Church as the Family of God it is our mission:

  • To invite a greater awareness of the needs of the family as the domestic church.
  • To source and provide suitable resource material for family strengthening, enrichment and promotion of the spirituality of marriage and family relationships and daily life.
  • To develop and distribute resources for family catechesis.

Recent Newsletter Articles

A Homely Holy Week.

Participation in the Holy Week liturgical services has changed greatly in many parishes in the 60 odd years that I have participated as a choir member.  Attendance is down in the formerly white parishes in our archdiocese of Johannesburg more than in other parishes....

Holy Week and Easter Reflection poems

HOLY THURSDAY  “THIS IS MY BODY, ‘T WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.” What could you possibly mean, Lord?  Was this the body that had walked with them, and slept with them, had eaten and drunk as one?  Was it the body Judas had loved and had chosen to betray? Was this the...

The age-old and the old-age dilemma

Isn’t it true that it is people who form the age-old dilemmas that have always faced humankind?   Everything to do with people is a concern.   Their age, health, happiness, relationships, economic wellbeing, interaction with other people and intelligence matter.   In...

REFLECTIONS. Extracts from Family Lenten Thoughts April

APRIL 10.  EIGHTH STATION –  JESUS COMFORTS THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM. NARRATOR 1.  COMFORT THE SAD AND LONELY.  “Jesus we honour you.” Response: “Thank you Lord Jesus for all you have done for us.”  When I am feeling sad and lonely am I able to consider others who may...

Can sack-cloth and ashes be the next fashion fad?

When I got a newsletter from John Horvat of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) asking the question "is wearing ripped jeans  sinful" it made me stop and think. What actually is the  mentality behind wearing torn, old, dirty and stained items of clothing?  Especially...


APRIL 5. FOURTH STATION –  JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER.   NARRATOR 1.  SHOW LOVE IN YOUR FAMILY.    “Jesus we honour you.” Response: “Thank you Lord Jesus for all you have done for us.”  As a child do I repay my mother and father or those who care for me with love and...

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Marfam Thought of the Day

Short Faith and Life Thoughts around family issues and the theme of the month are provided each day for reflection, sharing, discussion and prayer. Using the well-known SEE-JUDGE-ACT approach, a short life situation introduces an extract from one of the daily scripture readings followed by a quotation from writings of Pope Francis or similar.

Marfam Weekly Newsletter

Our newsletter blog section aims to offer food for thought on a relevant current issue from a family perspective.

Some extracts from Thoughts of the Day, relevant Reads and Events and Current Resources are provided for information and use.

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