SJE Catholic Family Institute
 

Catholic Family Institute

Empowering couples and families to become ambassadors of Christ
by understanding and living the fullness of our Catholic faith.

"That's Amore" Romantic Dinner for Couples

CFI sponsors Family RosarySaturday, May 3rd at 6:00PM
Rectory Basement
$30 per couple

Enjoy heartfelt conversation and a private dinner with your spouse. The 4-course meal featuring an Italian menu is sure to delight at your candlelit table-for-two in the lower level of the Rectory overlooking the Shrine of Christ’s Passion prayer trail. > Register Now!

CFI sponsors Family Rosary Children's Rosary

Sunday, June 1st at 6:00PM
SJE Day Chapel

"Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears rotten fruit. So, by their fruits you will know them."
(Matthew 7:17 & 20)

All families are invited to join us in praying the Rosary in an interactive and dynamic manner that engages children of all ages. Children aged 8 and older are needed to lead the prayers, and those in 4th grade and above are needed to lead us in song. We will gather afterwards for fellowship and light refreshments in the SJE School Playground.

If your children would like to participate, please contact Jackie Duff at (219) 390-7023 or duff72@comcast.net. Please plan to join us for this quarterly event!

 

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Mission

The Catholic Family Institute enriches marriages by creating an awareness of the Christian vocations of husband and wife and the role of the Catholic family as a representation of Christ to the world; resulting in stronger marriages and healthier families rooted in the theological virtues of faith, hope and love.

Values

By promoting and living out the Catholic Family Institute core values of Covenant, Union, Indissolubility, Fidelity, Procreation, and Family...

Vision

...we propose a vision of increased fellowship of married couples, mentoring relationships with engaged couples and newlyweds, aggressively promoting the Theology of the Body, a reduced divorce rate through an increased use of marriage peer ministries such as Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Retrouvaille, an increased awareness and use of Natural Family Planning, and offering parenting encouragement and tools to raise healthy, faith-driven Catholic families.

Principles

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the grace of the sacrament of Matrimony is your guide to holiness:

CCC 1641 ...By this grace they "help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children."

CCC 1642 Christ is the source of this grace...Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another's burdens, to "be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ," and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love.


Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
A Pastoral Letter of the USCCB

"As the first Christian families were islands of faith in their time, so Catholic families today are called to be becons of faith, 'centers of living, radiant faith.'"

Approved on November 17, 2009 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the letter is another component in the bishops' National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage, which began in November 2004.

"The vision of married life and love that we have presented in this pastoral letter is meant to be a foundation and reference point for the many works of evangelization, catechesis, pastoral care, education and advocacy carried on in our dioceses, parishes, schools, agencies, movements and programs," says the document's closing section, called a "commitment to ministry." > Read Full Letter