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The Lenten Day of Reflection is a one-day conference for individuals experiencing the hurt of Divorce, Death (Widowed) or Separation. It will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Closing Mass at 5:30 p.m. Childcare will be available for $10, no matter how many children are in your family. Parents are asked to bring snacks for the children to share. The deadline for childcare reservations in April 1, 2014. This conference will be in English, with Spanish interpretation.
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The role of the Christian family in the modern world serves as the model to impart in the hearts and minds of the faithful the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is to be received and lived in order to foster the work of the Church.
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2)
The word "marriage" isn’t simply a label that can be attached to different types of relationships. Instead, "marriage" reflects a deep reality – the reality of the unique, fruitful, lifelong union that is only possible between a man and a woman. Just as oxygen and hydrogen are essential to water, sexual difference is essential to marriage. The attempt to "redefine" marriage to include two persons of the same sex denies the reality of what marriage is. It is as impossible as trying to "redefine" water to include oxygen and nitrogen. (USCCB Website: Frequently Asked Questions About The Defense Of Marriage)