Let’s keep making this journey as families, let us keep walking together is the theme for the Archdiocese’s ‘Marriage and Family Week’ which runs from July 19 to 26.
The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) and its stakeholders (ministries associated with marriage and family) have organised the Week in collaboration with other archdiocesan departments and commissions including the Catholic Commission for Social Justice, and the Catholic Youth Commission. Family Life Units in parish communities across the Archdiocese will promote the Week.
Marriage and Family Week coincides with the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday, July 25, and the Feast Day of St Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on July 26. It also serves as the start of the Archdiocesan celebration for the Amoris Laetitia Family Year declared by Pope Francis.
On March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of St Joseph, the Church celebrated five years since the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) on the beauty and joy of love in the family.
On the same day, Pope Francis launched the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, which will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the Tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome, Italy.
Each day of Marriage and Family Week has a theme with a quotation from Amoris Laetitia. Catholics are invited to participate in the daily prayer activity and family-bonding activity. A panel discussion will also be held daily 6–7 p.m. on Trinity TV and the AFLC’s social media platforms on the theme.
The themes are:
There will be a ‘lagniappe’ on Tuesday 27 with a Social Justice and Family webinar, and on Wednesday 28, a roundtable discussion, ‘The Young and the Restless’ with young people sharing their views on family life.
Other initiatives are being planned for the rest of the year.