Spiritual Preparation

Since the Pope’s invitation to families to meet in Rio de Janeiro on October 1-5, 1997 for the Second World Meeting of the Holy Father With Families, preparation began around the world throughout dioceses to prepare families spiritually for this celebration. The Pontifical Council For The Family established pastoral aids to assist families with this preparation. Each Bishop was given the material to make most suitable according to cultures and customs. In some areas the diocese implemented this program on Mother's and Father's day, Advent, Lent and Easter.

All families are invited to take part in this celebration, including those who will not be able to go to Rio de Janeiro. The families who will go to Brazil will represent their whole local Christian community which will join them spiritually, and through television, radio, or the Internet in the Rio celebrations. Since so many dioceses have established a program for the Jubilee Year 2000, family themes that have been prepared for this occasion can be cross-referenced to prepare for the Great Celebration of Christ’s birth. These pastoral aids or themes were designed for not only priests, but also religious men and women, and married persons.

Themes for the New Evangelization and the Family in Preparation for the Second World Meeting with the Holy Father

The structure of the themes consist of (1)Opening song/hymn (2) The Lord’s Prayer (3) Scripture Reading (4) A Reading from the Teaching of the Church (5) The Bishop’s Reflection (6) Dialogue (7) Commitments (8) Psalmns (9) The Hail Mary with the invocation: Queen of the Family: Pray for us. (10) Prayer for the Family (11) Final song/hymn.

THE TWELVE THEMES
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1. THE FAMILY, THE FRUIT OF MUTUAL GIVING IN MARRIAGE

2. THE IDENTITY AND MISSION OF THE FAMILY

3. COMMUNION IN MARRIAGE, THE FOUNDATION OF THE FAMILY COMMUNITY

4. THE EQUAL DIGNITY OF MAN AND WOMAN IN THEIR SELF-GIVING

5. FATHERHOOD AND MOTHERHOOD, SHARING IN THE CREATIVE POWER OF GOD

6. HUMAN LOVE: SERVING AND PROTECTING LIFE

7. THE FAMILY, THE CRADLE AND SANCTUARY OF LIFE

8. THE HUMAN AND CHRISTIAN DEMANDS OF RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD AND MOTHERHOOD

9. THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN: A PRIMARY AND INALIENABLE RIGHT AND DUTY

10. THE FAMILY, THE FIRST LIVING CELL OF SOCIETY

11. THE DOMESTIC CHURCH: FRUIT OF EVANGELIZATION, SERVING EVANGELIZATION

12. HOLINESS IN FAMILY LIFE

   
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