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It’s all about YOU and your body

Archbishop Jason Gordon facilitates the Lenten retreat for the members of the AFLC Board at the Seminary on March 10. The theme was ‘Five levels of Vocation’.

How far is too far? Why are my attractions so powerful?  Is this really love or are we just using each other? Do you really love me for who I really am? What does love look like? What does the world say about your body? What is at the root of our desires?

On Friday, February 16, 22 young adults started a 12-week journey with the YOU Theology of the Body (TOB) programme in the Lounge at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Ugandan Martyrs. The sessions are held 6–9 p.m.

The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) and the Youth Commission collaborated in strengthening young adult ministry in the archdiocese to host the YOU TOB programme. These interactive sessions will continue until May. A team comprising married couples, young adults, clergy and religious is presenting the programme.

Children are Gift

On Saturday, February 24, 20 parents from the Baptism programme in Santa Rosa/Malabar Cluster participated in the Children are Gift (CAG) programme at the Malabar parish hall, organised by the Santa Rosa Family Life Unit (FLU).

Richard Smith, FLU coordinator, South Oropouche parish, presented on Fatherhood and Fathering. He quoted from the Swiss study on the biggest influence on a child’s future church attendance—the father’s church attendance.

Some comments from participants: “I used to think it was ok if I played the role of both mother and father. But now I realise how important it is not for me but for my son to bond, communicate and be part of his father’s life or even be around a male figure.”

“I used to think that a mother was more influential in a girl’s life growing up but now I know a father is just as influential as the mother.”

“I used to think it is easy to do better than your father because there is so much material available. But I know now the role a father plays in a child’s life is even more important for them to grow into healthy, law-abiding contributors of society.”

The CAG one-day programme will be held in Pointe-a-Pierre, Gasparillo and Bourg Mulatresse areas in March and April. For more information on hosting this programme in your parish, school, community or organisation, please contact the AFLC: familylife.commission@gmail.com, 299-1047 or visit aflcrc.org.