October Family theme: Committed to Marriage and Mission. Dioceses and parishes can celebrate Marriage Day on 4th October with its couples and pray for them. It is a day to be celebrated by all even those who are not married. Being committed to one’s marriage is the core of the mission of couples. We are the Church and marriage is our Sacrament as lay people. It is a gift for our own personal wellbeing, for the procreation of children and growing the family of God from the domestic church to the larger church as a “family of families.” (Pope Francis) Christ the Lord “comes into the lives of married Christians through the Sacrament of Matrimony,” and remains with them. Through his Spirit, he enables them to make their love permeate every part of their lives of faith, hope and charity. In this way, a bride and groom are, so to speak, consecrated and, through his grace, they build up the Body of Christ and are a domestic Church (cf. LG, 11), so that the Church looks to the Christian family, which manifests her in a real way. From the Extraordinary Synod on the family.
4th – 22nd Family Synod. Pray for its success. Pray the Rosary as this is the month of the Rosary. Wear a Rosary not just as an ornament but as a sign of commitment and learn to pray it properly even a decade at a time. Some families still practise the tradition of praying the Rosary together. Radio Veritas pray it with us too.
October is Mission month. After the end of the Marriage campaign from 5th October the focus will be on the Mission of Marriage and family in THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY which are posted on the website and facebook. Use them as individuals, in families or groups.
We can study the stories of the missionaries who first evangelised our people. The Booklet OUR CATHOLIC HERITAGE does contain some information.
Check out the Pontifical Mission Societies and especially the Holy Childhood Association as something suitable for families.
Saints and the FEASTDAYS for THE MONTH. Can be explored with google to find out more.
1st St Therese of the Child Jesus, the patroness of the Missions.
2nd Guardian Angels our protectors and guides.
4th St Francis is becoming more popular with a growing interest in the environment and climate change.
7th Our Lady of the Rosary.
18th Mission Sunday.
NOVEMBER theme: Committed to care for those experiencing loss. Traditionally during November we remember those who have died in our churches. A small shrine at home can help us to remember our own loved ones. Pray for those experiencing loss of any kind e.g. through bereavement, divorce, separation.