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.

LoveEd with Dr. Coleen Kelly Mast

Introducing LoveEd. A whole new concept in sex education. We teach the meaning of life, not just the facts of life. LoveEd celebrates the beauty of creation and family life. It places sexuality in the context of God’s plan for love. LoveEd gives parents the framework to have a new kind of talk with their kids. To awaken their imaginations to the big and beautiful adventure of growing up. All are welcome!
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Two Special Programs for Varying Ages:

Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 6:30-8:30PM
5th Graders with Parents (or any child ready to discuss puberty)
SJE School Gym/Day Chapel

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 6:30-8:30PM
7th Graders with Parents (or any child ready to discuss young adolescence)
SJE School Gym/Day Chapel

Mothers/Daughters will meet in the SJE School Gym (for both evenings)
Fathers/Sons will meet in the Day Chapel (for both evenings)

CFI sponsors LoveEd WorkshopsDr. Coleen Kelly Mast, an author, lecturer and radio talk show host, was a pioneer in the field of chastity education. She shares her experiences as a teacher, mother, mentor and friend to help with family life issues throughout the country hosting a syndicated call in radio advice show > Read More about Dr. Mast

Children's Rosary

CFI sponsors Family RosarySunday, April 17th at 6:00 PM
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 atthe Day Chapel to pray 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 Trinity Hall. Please bring a snack to share.

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

Creator's Corner:
An All-Day Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Event


Costco Walt's Food Centers
Dyer, IN
Old Chicago Restaurant
Sweet Frog - Schererville Applebee's
Meijer - Highland Applebee's
Nail & Skin Care by Joyce Intrigue Salon & Day Spa
Walmart - Schererville
Hands On Premium Car Wash - St. John Easy Clean Car Wash
Stampin Up Die Cuts With a View
ShurTech Brands ClearSnap
Cafe Crop Cosmo Cricket
Peds-R-Us Medical Education Thermo-o-web Adhesives
Black Dog Consultants Unity Stamp Co.
Zig-E's Funland Jaks Warehouse
jmotive Photography
Stardust Bowl Target
Little Italy  



Premier Designs Jewelry Tastefully Simple
Mary Kay Thirty One Gifts
Dove Chocolate Discoveries Tupperware
Stampin' Up! Sew Groovy by Denise
Creative Memories

Willow Pond Farm
Wool Products
Crete, IL


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CFI sponsors Celebrate Calm Parenting Workshops"Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling"
with Kirk Martin & his son, Casey

Looking for practical, concrete strategies that can be applied immediately? St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Family Institute hosted Celebrate Calm parenting workshops with America's Calm Coach Kirk Martin & his son, Casey. Kirk demonstrated ways to get your kids to listen the first time, stop whining / tantrums / sibling fights, get kids off screens without a fight, create stress-free mornings and MUCH MORE!

Choose from 8 Celebrate Calm resources available for loan.
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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.


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


...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.


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