National Week for Life and the Family

This National Week is part of an ongoing pastoral initiative on the part  of the CCCB to promote family and life. As is stated  in the document outlining the rationale and the components of this initiative,

Seen through Christian eyes, the family is "the domestic Church" (ecclesia domestica). The Christian family, like the Church as a whole, should be a place where the truth of the Gospel is the rule of life and the gift which the family members bring to the wider community. The family is not simply the object of the Church's pastoral care; it is also one of the Church's most effective agents of evangelization. Christian families are today called to witness to the Gospel in difficult times and circumstances, when the family itself is threatened by an array of forces.

The family is the leaven of transformation for a world desperately in need of the Good News. It is also the key to the New Evangelization. More than ever, Christian families need to be encouraged and sustained as they strive to live and proclaim the Gospel.

In his Message for the National Week for Life and the Family, the President of the CCCB, Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, says the following about the importance of families:

Families open our hearts to life, and give birth to our vision of life. Families enable us to come alive, sustain us in life, and give us our most important reasons to live, even when in difficulty. Families teach us to appreciate life. Is it any wonder that a few years ago, the Bishops of Canada made the decision to link life issues with family life when they launched the national initiative for life and family, of which this National Week is an integral part?

Also in conjunction with this week, the Catholic Organization for Life and the Family (COLF) has  issued a message entitled "Families: Let Us Share the Joy of Knowing Christ".

Please join in praying for families as they continue to face the daily challenges of life in todays society.