· Increasing number of breakup of families.
· Migration which leaves behind single parent or grandparent headed households.
· Trafficking and prostitution caused by poverty, materialism and consumerism.
· Focus on increasing incomes, parents working long hours, children left without proper supervised care, eroding family relationships.
· Absence of parents is often compensated by material goods.
· Double standards of morality and demoralization push unfaithfulness and lead to broken families.
· Increase in the incidence of HIV / AIDS.
Women need to recognize their dignity and develop a spirituality that affirms their value, their gifts and their potential. This spirituality will enable them to respond to the challenges in the 21st century.
I n i t i a t i v e s n e e d e d t o b u i l d partnership and balance of responsibility of men and women in the family.
A w a r e n e s s a n d f o r m a t i o n programmes for young boys and girls to help them develop a healthy attitude towards one another.
Advocacy and lobbying for laws that protect the dignity of women.
Empower women through spiritual formation, education and skills training.
T h e d e v e l o p m e n t o f c o u p l e
here and there
relationship, shared responsibility and decision making in the family should be an essential component of pre-marriage courses.
7. A mechanism to address women's issues at the diocesan and parish levels.
We believe that the Word of God and the Holy Eucharist which is the source and summit of our Christian life will sustain us in our deep concern for women.
We look to Mary, who during her time faced many challenges as a mother and disciple of Jesus. May she accompany and intercede for us in our journey towards fullness of life for all women. Laity, Jan-Apr.08
World Marriage Day[WMD] 2008 was celebrated in various parishes and deaneries in the Archdiocese. Here are a few reports:
February Fantasy For Couples
“Smile at your spouse” was the message given by Fr Reuben to the big turnout of couples at the Eucharist at 10.15 a.m. organised by the Parish Family Cell team to celebrate Couples Day on 3rd Feb 2008 close to the time of World Marriage Day(WMD). During the celebration couples were asked to forgive each other in true contrition and later renewed meaningful marital vows with their spouse. Everyone was touched by Fr Reuben's homily wherein he elaborated on the acronym, SMILE – Sacrifice, Martyrdom, Involvement, Love &
Encouragement - whereby a
relationship to make family life Parish richer & more fulfilling.
Our couples & married singles, nearly
Martyrdom, Involvement, Love & Encouragement
a couple works at Enriching their marital Relationship to make family life in our Parish richer & more fulfilling.