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.

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

Creator's CornerSaturday, August 23rd from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM - Creator's Corner: an All-Day Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Event returns to SJE! Your registration fee includes: all day scrapbooking, lunch, dinner & snacks, goody bag, door prizes & lots of fun! There will be raffles, vendors and games throughout the day. Don’t forget your own supplies including pictures, adhesive, paper and embellishments! Participation will be limited. For more information or to join our mailing list contact: Christina Soto

> Download Registration Form

Not a scrapbooker or card maker? That's okay! Stop by from 9 AM to Noon to visit our vendors!

CFI sponsors Family Rosary Children's Rosary

Sunday, September 14th at 6:00PM
SJE Day Chapel's Marian Grotto

"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 Please plan to join us for this quarterly event!

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

Tuesday, September 16th from 7-9PM
or Wednesday, September 17th from 9-11AM
SJE Day Chapel

Looking for practical, concrete strategies that can be applied immediately? St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Family Institute presents Celebrate Calm parenting workshops with America's Calm Coach Kirk Martin & his son, Casey. Kirk will demonstrate 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! Kirk's presentations are laugh-out loud funny and interactive. Both sessions will feature identical content. Invite friends and family

Celebrate Calm is a world-renowned educational organization that provides science-based training for educators, parents and children. For over a decade, Behavioral Consultant and Founder Kirk Martin personally taught over 1,500 intense children emotional self-regulation, social skills and academic tools through innovative Camps in the nation’s capital. He is highly regarded for his partnerships with educators, forged during time spent in over 600 classrooms. > Read More about Kirk Martin


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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