As Christians, we all share a common goal: to make our world a more loving and holy place.
But, where do we even begin when taking on such a demanding task?
Rather than overwhelming ourselves with the thought of a vast world, we can find comfort in the example of the Holy Family–Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph. By following their lead, we remember that the strength of the church starts at home.
Unfortunately, the modern world carries new complexities that challenge many familes to their breaking point. In South India, the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore is bombarded with more and more families who are facing these social and cultural barriers, which cause conflict in families and a breakdown of family ties.
Mass poverty and financial difficulties
Migration of the poor from rural to urban areas
Poor living conditions: lack of personal space, privacy, safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene
Gender inequality, bride trafficking, abortion and the infanticide of females are still prevalent practices that disregard the dignity of women
Government programs such as forcing artificial contraception on poor families in exchange for money and goods
Rise of “nuclear families” tend to isolate members from their extended family
Rise in choice for Civil marriages instead of Church weddings
Growing individualism breaks down family bonds
Fewer people support the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage
Growing consumerism separates sexuality from procreation
External events impact the family emotionally and spiritually
The economic system leads to social exclusion: “outsiders” / “invisible”
Digital and communication technology makes it harder and harder for people to connect in real-life, meaningful ways
Family acceptance of elderly, widowed, disabled, etc. is on the decline
Sadly, the direct result of these challenges is an unproportionate, extremely high amount of failed marriages, estranged young couples, and appeals for annulments.
Because of the lack of space, the current family commission center is no longer sufficient for serving the increasing amount of applicants.
Without proper counseling, more families will continue to suffer and perish.
Rather than throwing stones at the imperfections of our struggling brothers and sisters, Pope Francis calls us to “look to the reality of family today in all its complexity, with both its lights and shadows…anthropological and cultural changes in our times influence all aspects of life and call for an analytic and diversified approach” (Amoris Laetitia no. 32).
Inspired by our Holy Father’s teaching, the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore intends to build a separate Holy Family Spiritual Center that is FULLY DEDICATED to providing spiritual assistance to families facing crises. In the future center, families and couples will receive guidance from professionals in private counseling rooms, spend time in prayer together in the adoration chapel, have the opportunity to go to confession, and attend large group seminars in the convention hall.
The center will continue to address the social, spiritual, and cultural barriers within families by providing professional counseling, biblical meditation, necessary financial, educational, and psychotherapeutic assistance to children, and regular organized programs.
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Strengthen the Church by Helping Families in Crisis
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- Marriage Preparation Course Orientation classes held for young couples preparing for the sacrament of marriage (focuses on the spiritual, medical, social and legal aspects of marriage)
- Formation for Parents of the Couples Enabling parents of young couples to guide the families of their children better.
- Marriage Enrichment Program Providing guidance to young couples after their wedding
- Counseling for Couples Psychological and Spiritual counseling provided for families facing crises with the help of trained and professional counselors.
- Counselors Meet Enabling family counselors to come together and share their experience in guiding families in a spirit of mutual learning from one another.
- Suyavaram Helping single young adults to find their future spouse.
- Couples for Christ A group of married Catholic families who come together to pray and celebrate their fellowship
- Marriage Encounter Programs Enabling couples to meet other Catholic families and establish bonds of friendship.
- Christmas Celebration with Poor Families Reaching out to poor families to share the joy of Christmas
- Family Day Liturgy Bring the annual Family Day liturgy to life at the Archdiocesan level in all the parishes to educate lay people about Catholic teachings on family and ways of growing together as a whole family.