The Christian Family: Good News for the World

Monday, September 13 2004

message cover(CCCB-Ottawa) In its annual message for the family, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) invites youth, parents, pastors and educators to rediscover the exceptional good news of the Christian family as the first school of life and faith.

“The family is a little church, a sanctuary of life, a domestic church, a church at home, a mysterious presence of the living God,” the message states. “The good news, then, is that God is with us in our daily lives, in our hearts and in our homes.”

Entitled The Christian Family: Good News for the World, the message celebrates the Christian family as being open to life and serving others. “In family life, humans agree to allow other people into their lives as they themselves enter the lives of others. They leave behind the pursuit of independence to embrace interdependence.”

The colourful six-page leaflet is a useful tool for those involved in sacramental preparation, religious education, youth and family ministry, retreats and parish celebrations of the family. Copies of the message are available from COLF by telephoning 1-613-241-9461, ext. 161; email:; or on the COLF website in electronic format: The Christian Family: Good News for the World.

COLF was jointly founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Knights of Columbus to promote respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family.

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