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


"EVERY FAMILY MATTERS" as a theme does not only apply when it comes to relationships but applies in all areas of life.  For the month of March our focus is on FAMILY RIGHTS.  Most often when we think of rights we think of a person and individual rights, which is...

REFLECTIONS.   Extracts  from March Thoughts for the Day

March 21. Human Rights Day.   Abel had done research on the history of Human Rights Day in South Africa.  It commemorates Sharpeville, a tragic incident in our history when in 1960 many innocent people who were demonstrating against injustice of the pass laws at the...


March 15. Michael and  Paula's young adult group were meditating on the reading of the day. “Can it be true” she asked,” that those who have committed abuse and other evil things can be forgiven if they change their ways and do good? But there are also plenty of...

Family Rights and the Right to Life.

The introduction to the MARFAM March theme FAMILY RIGHTS MATTER states one of the commonly held assumptions about human rights, “when we think of rights we tend to think of individual rights.” The Big One, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, begins by...

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...

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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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