By Jason Lillis
Family Life Coordinator

One of the very great joys that I have is to help prepare families for the sacramental celebrations of marriage and baptism. Each week, the Family Life office is in contact with couples counting down to their wedding day, or with families who are preparing to fully welcome their children into our faith community. Through all the steps in the process, paperwork requirements, meetings, preparation classes, and phone calls, one thing that consistently emerges is an understanding that this process is part of something much bigger in their lives. Preparing for a wedding day’s events is different from preparing for a lifelong commitment in marriage. Preparing for a baptism day’s events is different from preparing living out our baptismal call to be priest, prophet, and king as exemplified by Christ.

At St. Francis of Asissi, want to help your whole family – whatever the origin, size, or composition – to find ways of connecting, engaging, and growing on your faith journey here in our community. Like Mary and Joseph, we want to help all parents here can find a network of support as you balance your daily life and work with your desire for participation in worship. Maybe that is by helping support another family with a new infant, organized by the New Parent Care Ministry (http://bit.ly/StFrancisNPCM). Or by grabbing some coloring postcards from the Stewardship Center for parishioners who are homebound, hospitalized, or residents of retirement communities, and making a connection with another generation of St. Francis of Assisi parishioners.

For married couples, the journey of love and faith together is about turning towards each other and Christ while finding support from your community. Looking for an easy way to get into this? Try a date night, like our upcoming Valentine’s Day Evening for Busy Couples (http://bit.ly/ValentinesDateNight). Or check out page 5 for the upcoming series of potluck and movie nights organized by various Justice and Peace ministries here at St. Francis. Most of all, pray with and for each other, and for the couples in our parish, maybe easiest to remember on the day of the month that you were married.

Wherever you are on your life journey with faith and family, we are here to support you! If you have questions about these, or other ministries, please feel free to send me an email at jason.lillis@stfrancisraleigh.org, or call 919-847-8205 x244.