What is the domestic church or home church?
According to the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: “The family, is so to speak, the domestic church.” (Lumen Gentium #11) This means that it is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek His will for us. In the following bullet points you will find some suggestions on how to build your “domestic church” through a life of prayer that can help all the members of your family.
Tools for Building a Domestic Church
Check out this list of ways you and your family, no matter what that looks like, singles, couples, small families, or big families, can start or add to your routines to share and experience the love of God each day in your homes!
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Video from NFCYM
Each of our homes, whether we are a single person who gets together with friends, a married couple, a small family, or a large extended family, are a "little church" where we discuss, share, and live all the joys and struggles of our faith together.
This video presents a short overview of key elements of our home churches! The first and best place for us to learn about loving God and loving our neighbor.
Where does your faith and relationship with God fit within your little home church - the domestic church?
Pope Francis' Prayer Intention
from June 2022
Every month Pope Francis has a different prayer intention. Each year is different, but he seems to always include a prayer for the family since this is important to him and our Church.
His words to all of us about the family are beautiful. He asks us not to be afraid. It's okay if we are not perfect. But we are to love one another and learn ways to live with each other, young and old.
In what ways does your family grow in holiness?