The human family is the first, fundamental cell of society. It is the sanctuary where God’s precious gift of human life is born and nurtured. Today more than ever before the family is beset with numerous problems that disintegrate it than unites it. “The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds” (EG 66) says Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and further says that, “in the case of the family, the weakening of these bonds is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children. The family should be active in Parish life and be involved in service to others. Christian family must be encouraged to come together for prayer, Bible reading and reflection and for healthy recreation. This will help the Christian family to become a hearth of evangelization, where each member experiences God’s love and communicates it to others.
The Local Church therefore needs to focus her attention on the slow but steady erosion of the family, its values and take corrective action.
Christ-Centered stable, contented families.
Establishment of praying, loving and serving families
Enlightened teenagers (Adolescents) are prepared to build good families
Every year, 100% of the catholic boys/girls in the High Schools have undergone a course on Remote Preparation for family life’
Every year , youth above the age of 18 years have undergone a course on ‘Proximate preparation for family life’.
By the end of 2014, a ‘Marriage Bureau’ is functioning and helping the marriageable youth in ‘Choosing life partner’.
All marriageable youth are well prepared to receive the sacrament of Marriage.
By the end of 2014, a Resource book on Marriage Preparation Course is ready in Konkani language.
By the end of 2014, a team of resource persons for Marriage preparation Course is available at the diocesan level and is assisting in conducting the Marriage Preparation Course.
Faith-filled loving and serving Catholic families.
All married couples are undergoing Marriage Encounter and Enrichment Program at intervals of 1-5 years, 6-15 years, 16-25 years and above 25 years of married life.
By 2016, at least 50% of the parishes have a unit each of ‘Couples for Christ’, ‘Singles for Christ’ and ‘Youth for Christ’.
By 2015, at least 50% of the parishes have a well-trained Parish Family Cell.
The commission for Family has a well formed counseling centre by 2016