Since 1995, Family Groups have strengthened our parish community by helping parishioners to get to know one another.
Aims of the Passionist
Family Group Movement
at All Saints Parish
- To get to know other members of All Saints Parish.
- To support each other, sharing our joys and sorrows, and in so doing build the Christian Community as in the Early Church.
- To involve our children in our Christian sharing directly, if possible, or indirectly, by our example, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
What can I expect of a Family Group?
Our response is:
For the people to love one another.”
The question is simple.
The answer is simple.
The impact is extraordinary!
Have you thought, “I wish I could get to know more of the parishioners I see in church?” Or maybe you’ve asked: “How can we show our children what it means to be Christian?”
Changing faces into names and names into family
By joining a Family Group, you will be in immediate contact with other families. Once you know them, you’ll be able to talk with them after Mass and share planned activities. A Family Group is a great way of helping you to break down barriers and meet new people.
Who will be in my Family Group?
A Family Group is made up of 10 to 12 families, with a cross section of ages, including some children of the same age—like an extended family. Everyone is welcome to join, from grandparents to babies. There is room for non-church attending spouses, one-parent families, and single people, elderly or young.
What if I’m single or divorced?
Our motto is “A Family for All.” A Family Group provides an extended family for all who wish to belong—married, single or divorced. There is a giving and receiving by all members of the group to each other. Everyone is welcome to join.
Do I have to be an active Catholic?
You just have to be yourself. Many non-church attendees have found belonging to a Family Group is a great way to become involved in the faith life of their family. Family Groups provide a non-threatening environment for non-church-going partners and friends.
Becoming extended family
Our members aim to get to know other members of the parish. We share our joys and sorrows, supporting each other, thus building our Christian community. We also involve our children in Christian sharing directly, if possible, or indirectly by our example, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Each Family Group gathers once a month for a social, potluck, apple picking, bowling, etc., because we enjoy being with one another—which develops into supportive relationships. We are able to share our experiences through the good times and the difficult times, and enhance the family life here in our parish. We live our faith in the everyday circumstances of our lives.
How committed do I have to be?
A Family Group is just like a family, the bonds that develop and the feelings of belonging create a sense of responsibility for one another. As with all aspects of life, you reap what you sow. You will get from a Family Group what you put into it.
What can I give to a Family Group?
Yourself! You can give your friendship, support and time to other members of your group. You just have to be yourself. You can sit down and talk, share and listen to others. What you do doesn’t really matter. It is YOU that matters.
But I’m already very busy!
Do you spend your busy time with your family? Being in a Family Group will mean that at least once a month you will be sharing an experience with your own family—plus some 10 other families. Is that being too busy?
What if I already have enough friends?
Well, maybe a group needs you! And if you do have many friends, you don’t have to lose them to belong to a Family Group. Our Family Group Movement envisions creating a network where everybody knows at least 10 families well. Imagine how that would enhance the community spirit of our parish!
WE INVITE YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FAMILY GROUPS!
Peggy Mason, Coordinator - 721-8124