The Family Life Office of the Diocese of Scranton provides different resources that can enrich and strengthen family life. “Whatever you do for your family, your children, your husband, your wife, you do for God. All we do, our prayers, our work, our suffering, is for Jesus.” – Mother Teresa Catholic Digest: This site uses the stories of real life people to demonstrate that a life guided by faith can be exciting, challenging, enlivening, and joyous. Published 9 times per year, each issues contains meaningful ways to connect faith with everyday life: stories that inform, inspire and entertain, tips for strengthening family ties and friendships, plus recipes, jokes, puzzles and more. Catholic Digest is owned and published by Bayard US. Family Matters: This Catholic site provides weekly suggestions for marriage enrichment and family spirituality enrichment. (Think: weekly bulletin blurbs) The site also offers lengthier suggestions for couples to implement and ideas for strengthening parish support of marriage and family. The author, Susan Vogt, does workshops and there is a considerable bibliography as well. She has worked in family ministry/counseling, including for the USCCB and as part of NACFLM. In her welcome, Susan Vogt explains the purpose of her website: “Learn how to negotiate those bumps and deepen the most important relationships in your life. I don’t promise a quick fix, but I can give you a place to start, a path, a coach. I would like to help you increase your communication skills, deepen your values and spirituality, and achieve a more satisfying lifestyle. My goal is to help you become the best person, spouse, or parent you can be, because – Your Family Is Your Job! Family Prayer Resources Prayer for Families Vibrant Faith at Home:This website, written by Catholic and mainline Protestant parish ministers, offers reflections and prayer experiences for families of all stages as well as for individual adults. A variety of topics are covered. Everything you need is free and easily accessible, including links to helpful resources. This site also has options for paid subscriptions for parish-friendly teen, family, and child-based reflection in group settings. http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/ www.catholicfamilyfaith.org www.loyolapress.com Parenting Resources The home is the first school of Christian life and “a school for human enrichment.” Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous — even repeated — forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1657). Articles on Parenting from foryourmarriage.org, a website for catholic couples sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Abstinence and Chastity Child protection/safe environment https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/compliance-office/ Cyber safety:
The Office of Family and Sanctity of Life for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn seek to bring the teachings of the Catholic Church concerning ethical issues (e.g., contraception, euthanasia, abortion, etc.) to all the faithful, to help them understand and embrace it. Different ministries fall under the responsibility of this Office. It is our hope that this webpage will provide you with the tools and resources helpful in your parish to build a culture of life and civilization of love and to strengthen families and marriages.
To access a specific ministry, you can click on the correspondent link.
Marriage Enrichment This page has lot of resources that can help clergy and laity plan such event in their parish. It includes: - How to plan such event - Sample flyer - Booklet with questionnaire to be used for the event - List of suggested speakers who can provide good reflections on marriage. To access it, please click here.
Marriage Preparation This page has resources that can help clergy and laity plan prepare engaged couples to enter into the Mystery of Matrimony. The page for clergy is still under construction. - Requirements for Marriage Preparation Program in Maronite parishes. - Outline for Marriage Preparation talks - Videos helpful for clergy and laity to start conversations with couples. - Samples of exercises correspondent to different topics in Marriage Preparation. To access it, please click here.
Natural Family Planning This page provides general information about NFP, FAQ, NFP methods, infertility.. To access it please click here.