The Marfam Programme

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An important part of the MARFAM PROGRAMME are the DAILY THOUGHTS that are built around the monthly themes and scripture readings usually of the day. They are published on the website, sent out to subscribers by email and posted on facebook and twitter.


Some families say the rosary or pray together regularly, say grace before and after meals or offer a morning or night prayer. The approach suggested here goes further, using the bible, sharing and spontaneous prayer too.

The DAILY THOUGHTS can be used for personal reflection as well as for faith sharing in a family or group.

The method used here is often used in prayer groups, bible sharing groups and RENEW groups. It is sometimes called SEE-JUDGE-ACT or the PASTORAL CYCLE approach.  Our aim here is to encourage families to use it together in a simple form at home, maybe weekly during a chosen time, call it “OUR FAMILY AND GOD”  or a “FAMILY HOUR.”

Communication in families in this way and on this level on any issue of concern is a valuable and important life skill as well as being a spiritual time together. If the steps are followed carefully it should not be threatening or lead to arguments.

Here is a step by step introduction to the process for a group.


Some simple guidelines.

  • One person should lead the process, not always the same person. Even children can be taught to lead.
  • Note the difference between sharing and discussion which are both important parts of the process. In sharing speakers are invited to freely share their thoughts and feelings without others in the group commenting, agreeing or disagreeing. In discussion the topic can be teased out, commented on, agreed with or not.
  • Respect for one another and for the process is necessary for it to build trust and be effective as a step on a journey of faith.

Step 1.  A Look at life. Gather the family or group together, read and reflect on the real-life situation in the short introductory piece.  Ask “What is going on?”

Step 2. Reflect and share more deeply on the topic.   Ask “Why?”

Step 3. Reflect, listen to God and share on the passages from Scripture and from Church teaching from the writing of Pope Francis. Ask, “What is God saying to me and my family about this?”

Step 4. Discussion ending with a decision about possible action.

Step 5. Prayer. This can be spontaneous prayer by any member about the session or a formal thank you and closing prayer for the family or group.