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

Choosing your Lenten Acts of Love and Sacrifice

It seems that our news media, certainly in the last few weeks, is full to the brim with matters of sexual abuse, harassment, violence, murder and mayhem in general.  Just in the last few days, a young actor was murdered outside a cinema where a movie in which he acted...

Reflections. Extracts from Family Thoughts for the Day March.

March  6. Ash Wednesday. The whole school, whether they were Catholic or not went to get their ashes on their foreheads.  “Why do you do this?” the RE teacher asked the class. “Dunno.” “We just do it every year.” “It's tradition and then we all give up something...


Was it Mary Magdalen or another woman to whom Luke’s (7:47) gospel refers?  It is an interesting but still rather unusual idea to consider being forgiven much because one has loved much and forgiven little because on has loved little.  As Pope Francis would say, “Who...


Introduction from THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY, MARCH 2019                                                                       theme for month: Family Rights Matter. Introduction. When we think of rights we tend to think of individual human rights. But the Church has a...

20, 200, 2000. The Church lives on.

20, 200 or 2000.  The Church lives on.   20 + years of MARFAM and Retrouvaille, 200 years of the Catholic Church in South Africa, 2000 years of Christianity.  These are good dates to remember, to commemorate and celebrate.  They may be good news or bad news at times...


REFLECTIONS. EXTRACTS FROM FEBRUARY THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY February 21. Welcoming the rainbow after the storm David wondered, “South Africa likes to see itself as the Rainbow Nation and we have borrowed the image from this Bible story about Noah and the Flood.  What is...

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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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