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Family, Community, & Participation


The Nobility of Marriage and the Family

Because every human person is created in God’s image, we are all connected to each other by our very nature. We are social beings – we need each other, we belong with other people. We call the most basic unit of our belonging a ‘family’; our families are joined together in ‘community’. Sometimes our family … Read More


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The grand jury

By Mark Etling on November 23rd, 2014

As the days and weeks drag on in anticipation of the decision of the Michael Brown grand jury, I find myself thinking more and more, “I just want this to be over.”  But the more I think about it, I don’t want it to be over.  The killing of Michael Brown has opened a racial wound … Read More


Peace and justice in Ferguson

By Mark Etling on August 11th, 2014

In the aftermath of all that has taken place in the city of Ferguson over the weekend, I suggest there are some things we as a Catholic Christian community can do: 1. Pray for the young man who lost his life, and for his family in their time of grief. 2. Pray for our police … Read More


Informed Participation in Promoting the Common Good

By Christine Dragonette on July 14th, 2014

The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us that “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person. . . . As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life.” We … Read More


Family as “domestic Church”

By Mark Etling on March 16th, 2014

One of the images for the family adopted by the bishops at the Second Vatican Council was the phrase “domestic Church.” This terms is rich with meaning, and was intended to draw attention to the dignity and importance of the family. First, it draws a parallel between the Church as a whole and the family. … Read More


Family as sacrament

By Mark Etling on January 30th, 2014

We know that the Church defines sacrament as a moment of encounter with Christ at special moments in life – baptism, reconciliation, Eucharist, etc. The Church defines seven formal sacraments. But there’s another, broader way of looking at sacraments. For believers, every moment of every day can be a sacrament, a moment of encounter with … Read More


All our families

By Mark Etling on January 24th, 2014

In our discussion last Sunday we noted that the definition of family is very broad – it includes the nuclear family, the blended family, single-parent families, same-sex couples (with kids or no kids), single persons, widows and widowers, and men and women in religious life. In other words, we all belong to a family. What’s … Read More


Presentation on Family, Community and Participation

By Mark Etling on January 15th, 2014

Please join us for a discussion on the Church’s social teaching on family, community and participation. There are three opportunities to take part: Thursday, January 16, 7pm in the Annex. Sunday, January 19 after the 9 am and 11 am Masses. The Church has some truly profound, inspiring and challenging things to say about the … Read More


“Family” is a many-splendored thing

By Mark Etling on January 10th, 2014

Our study of Catholic social teaching about the family requires a clarification right off the bat. We want to be clear about what we – and the Church – mean by “family.” For us here at St. Vincent’s “family” means many things – the nuclear family; the blended family; the single-parent family; the “empty-nester” family; … Read More