“The family as domestic church is central to the work of the new evangelization and to the future sustainability of our parishes.” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
Saint John Paul II exhorted us to pray the Rosary for peace and for the family. “A similar need for commitment and prayer arises in relation to another critical contemporary issue: the family, the primary cell of society, increasingly menaced by forces of disintegration on both the ideological and practical planes, so as to make us fear for the future of this fundamental and indispensable institution and, with it, for the future of society as a whole. “
The above quotes are from Building the Domestic Church, A Scriptural Rosary for the Family. More information on the Rosary for the Family can be found at the following link. http://www.kofc.org/en/resources/cis/cis319.pdf. Praying the rosary as a family is a great way to bring your family closer together and strengthen your family bonds. For more information on the Family from Building the Domestic Church please go to the Family Library located here http://www.kofc.org/un/en/domestic-church/resources-and-tools.html#/Family%20Library
Another way that we as Knights of Columbus can help strengthen families is through the Family of the Month Program. The Family of the Month Program stimulates and supports the development of strong and vibrant families. Each month, the council Family of the Month committee selects one parish family that models Christian family values and visibly lives them every day. Once a year, each participating council also selects one of the previous twelve Family of the Month winners to represent the council/parish as the potential international Family of the Year. The Knights of Columbus Family of the Year is chosen by the Supreme Council and recognized each year at the annual Supreme Convention.
To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission. Remember to retain copies for your council records. By the 15th day of the month following recognition, complete and submit the Family of the Month Report Form(#10668). For example, the Report Form for the September Family of the Month should be submitted by October 15.
More information and resources on the Family of the Month Program can be found here http://www.kofc.org/en/programs/family/family-of-the-month.html#/Resources.
My wife Charlene and I look forward to working with all of the councils in the State of Maine to promote a stronger family.
Wesley and Charlene Tabb
Maine State Council