If Unleash the Gospel is intended to reinvigorate the Church, then it must start with the domestic church — more commonly known as the family.
In Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s pastoral letter, high importance is placed on strengthening Catholic families in southeast Michigan, specifically urging families to reclaim their identity as Catholics, as part of a broader plan for evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
The letter calls on families to make Sunday a day for intentionally spending time together, sharing meals together and recommitting to receiving the sacraments with one another.
Priests, deacons and religious educators play an important role in teaching the faith, but parents are the key to determining whether children will continue to practice the faith as adults, the archbishop stresses.
As far as practical ways families can live an authentic Catholic identity, Harry and Leslie Kemp of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak and their five children start simply: pray together.
“We feel as parents it’s important for us to be examples for our children, to show them we are living our faith,” Leslie Kemp told The Michigan Catholic. “If they see it is something important to us, then they are more likely to follow. It’s leading by example.”
Leading by example means seeking out other Catholic families with whom to socialize after Mass or at parish functions, Harry Kemp explained, creating a culture where prayer and talking about Jesus is a normal thing to do around the home.
Read more at the Michigan Catholic.