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

Barking up the wrong tree?

Barking up the wrong tree?

Barking up the wrong tree is quite a cute saying, if one imagines it referring originally to hunting days 200 or so years ago when hunting dogs would chase their prey, which would fool them, pretending to be up the tree while hopping along elsewhere. The common image...

2020 FAMILY YEAR PLANNER OVERVIEW AND REFLECTIONS JANUARY

2020 FAMILY YEAR PLANNER OVERVIEW AND REFLECTIONS JANUARY

The 2020 MARFAM FAMILY PROGRAMME  THEME: “OUR WORLD, A FAMILY OF FAMILIES.  The programme offers a variety of resources for individual, family and group use, for prayer, faith sharing and discussion. A FAMILY YEAR PLANNER on the theme. This poster calendar can have...

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Over the years, even long before beginning in family ministry, when our children were still young I started writing Christmas stories.  Sometimes they were retelling in simple ways the accounts from Matthew and Luke.  Sometimes Joseph and Mary and the baby were the...

REFLECTIONS extracts from Thoughts for Christmas week

REFLECTIONS extracts from Thoughts for Christmas week

December 25th.  Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus. Praising God and singing for joy with the angels is what we can and should be doing on this day in a special way.  But this cannot and should not be done alone.  Christmas joy is relational, ideally with those near...

“So give me some figgy pudding and bring it right here!”

“So give me some figgy pudding and bring it right here!”

Bring me some figgy pudding. Where did those lines in the “We wish you a merry Christmas” song originate? The song belongs to a time when carol singers would go around to houses in the community to sing for them. They would end with the wish and ask for the figgy...

REFLECTIONS extracts from a Family Jesse Tree

REFLECTIONS extracts from a Family Jesse Tree

December 20th. Tobit.  There are interesting aspects in this book around marriage and parent-child relationships. Tobit who has become old and blind has a serious argument with his wife over a goat given to him and wishes to die. Sarah, a young woman who has been...

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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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