The family is the fundamental unit of Church and society and the primary place of Christian development. “Family” includes: single, divorced, widowed, married, with or without children, young or elderly, two-parent families, single-parent families, step-families, families with special needs and families in the various life cycles of development. The Adult and Family Ministry Office strives to affirm, support, and strengthen all facets of family within the parish community by providing holistic services, programs and opportunities for enrichment, healing and spiritual renewal.
“The well-being of the individual person in the human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition produced by marriage and family.” Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, para.12
A Recap of Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love - Amoris Laetitia
Click here for an article summarizing Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia. This is the Holy Father’s groundbreaking new document reflecting on family life. It reminds us that the Church should avoid simply judging people and imposing rules on them without considering their struggles. The goal is to help families – and in fact, everyone – experience God’s love and know that they are welcome members of the Church.
Volunteers and professionals provide outreach in the following ministry areas:
Welcoming Committee - this committee welcomes new parishioners and sponsors coffee and donuts after Sunday morning masses.
Marrieds Ministry - sponsors the Annual Candlelight Dinner in February, and married couples gather monthly for dinner and fellowship. Please watch the bulletin for dates ...typically the second Saturday of the month. www.foryourmarriage.org
Family Faith - Strong Catholic Families Strong Catholic Youth provides a Resource Booklet that includes a Family Faith Inventory (p. 8) and a Family Faith Development Plan (p.11).
Family Sacramental Formation
Holy Family of Nazareth prepares all students (those in Catholic schools and in the Religious Education program) for sacraments with their parents or guardians in family sessions.
Grace-Filled Women - a monthly gathering to enrich our life with prayer, study, fellowship. Our mission is to walk wit each other to inspire, encourage and affirm each other as daughters of God and sisters in faith. Like Martha and Mary, to find balance in our lives of work and worship.
Mothers Group - We affirm our role as mothers, discuss and reflect on motherhood in the light of Christ, pray together, as well as be there to support each other. Help us build a group that fits our needs as moms and Christian women...take our survey (at the bottom of the women's page).
Respect Life Committee - works in collaboration with other parishes, agencies, and the Diocese to promote the sacredness of all life. Questions? Please contact our parish coordinator, Paul Bertanzetti at 214-448-8831.
Bereavement Ministry -
The Grief Support Group meets on the first Monday of most months to offer healing through support, prayer, understanding and education. Provides resources for individuals, families and groups to process grief in a healthy and holistic manner. Assists families with funeral liturgy planning. Sponsors the annual Memorial Mass for the deceased on All Souls' Day, November 2.
Separated and Divorced Ministry - education and enrichment programs to those who wish to experience growth and conversion while change is occurring in their lives. We are currently reviewing our ministry while finding the right volunteer to lead a New Beggininsg for Separated and Divorced Catholics.
The Family Ministry Office helps those pursuing an Annulment after a divorce to understand the process and begin the petition to the Diocese.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul(SVDP) - The Holy Family of Nazareth Conference of the SVDP is Irving’s local arm of the international SVDP. This parish based operation of Roman Catholic volunteers focuses on providing aid to those suffering from extremely difficult circumstances and in dire need of assistance.Click here if you need assistance or would like to donate goods or time to help this ministry.
Family Addictions Ministry - Provides educational programs, confidential referrals, and resources for persons who are struggling themselves with addiction or for family members affected by alcoholism and other addictions. Confidentiality is paramount in this ministry. Acts as liaison with social service and community agencies.
Prison Ministry - Brings hope and the Word of God to those in prison through Eucharistic Services and Bible Studies.
Silver Seniors - Senior Citizen's Ministry meets monthly at St. Luke Cathoic Church for a potluck luncheon and fellowship and gathers periodically for other activities.
Networking, Education, and Special Services - Referral and resources for families affected by loss of job, abuse, broken relationships, and other special needs.
Confidential Counseling Referrals
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