Hi family! Welcome to this space that is designed just for you. As Church of the Presentation, we seek to give you the resources you need to carry your family through this difficult time. We seek to not only give you resources, but to give you hope. While Church looks different for us right now, we have an incredible opportunity to let Church be built in our very own homes. THIS is the mission of the domestic Church. THIS is what the family is called to: to live the Gospel at all times and to share the love of Christ with each other.
Quotes on the Family
“If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.”Mother Teresa
“The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit.”Catechism of the Catholic Church (2205)
“The family is called to be the temple, or house of prayer: a simple prayer, full of effort and tenderness. A prayer that makes life so that life becomes prayer.”St. John Paul II
From St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on the importance of the family Familiaris Consortio (#86):
“And now, at the end of my pastoral message, which is intended to draw everyone’s attention to the demanding yet fascinating roles of the Christian family, I wish to invoke the protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Through God’s mysterious design, it was in that family that the Son of God spent long years of a hidden life. It is therefore the prototype and example for all Christian families. It was unique in the world. Its life was passed in anonymity and silence in a little town in Palestine. It underwent trials of poverty, persecution and exile. It glorified God in an incomparably exalted and pure way. And it will not fail to help Christian families-indeed, all the families in the world-to be faithful to their day-to-day duties, to bear the cares and tribulations of life, to be open and generous to the needs of others, and to fulfill with joy the plan of God in their regard.
St. Joseph was “a just man,” a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect and enlighten families.
May the Virgin Mary, who is the Mother of the Church, also be the Mother of “the Church of the home.” Thanks to her motherly aid, may each Christian family really become a “little Church” in which the mystery of the Church of Christ is mirrored and given new life. May she, the Handmaid of the Lord, be an example of humble and generous acceptance of the will of God. May she, the Sorrowful Mother at the foot of the Cross, comfort the sufferings and dry the tears of those in distress because of the difficulties of their families.
May Christ the Lord, the Universal King, the King of Families, be present in every Christian home as He was at Cana, bestowing light, joy, serenity and strength. On the solemn day dedicated to His Kingship I beg of Him that every family may generously make its own contribution to the coming of His Kingdom in the world-“a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace,” towards which history is journeying.
I entrust each family to Him, to Mary, and to Joseph. To their hands and their hearts I offer this Exhortation: may it be they who present it to you, venerable Brothers and beloved sons and daughters, and may it be they who open your hearts to the light that the Gospel sheds on every family.”