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6/10/2014 (5 months ago)

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Every family has a heartbeat. What's yours?

A few readers have messaged Catholic Online, asking about Catholic Online's "Global Heartbeat of the Family Month" celebration, what it is and how it works. We wanted to take a moment to share our vision with readers so each family can participate.

What is the heartbeat of your family?

What is the heartbeat of your family?

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/10/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: heartbreat of the family, month, global, theme, celebration


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Catholic Online has declared June to be "Global Heartbeat of the Family Month." This celebration of the family is being shared with all of our readers around the globe. June was selected as the month in question because in many parts of the world, particularly in the northern hemisphere, it is a season where children leave school and spend more time with their families.

The family is the core, basic unit of the Church. A new family is formed either at the moment of marriage when two people become one in the eyes of God, or at the moment of conception. From this first moment, most families grow, adding numbers to themselves over the following years.

Every family needs a cause. What's yours going to be?


Just as each person has a heartbeat, so every family has a heart, a central thing-be it a person, or an aspect of their faith, which keeps them going. When we asked in a recent poll "What is the heartbeat of your family?" an overwhelming majority responded "Jesus." Others responded "the unborn child," "the Church," "the Word of God," and a grandparent or other important family figurehead.

This showed us that the Heartbeat of the Family is many things to different people, but everyone has a family in common and each faithful family is bound by something.

Our goal this month is to highlight the many ways that you can "hear" the heartbeat of your family. One way we've discussed is through prayer. Be it the regular, metered recitation of the rosary, or the habit of praying together as a family, such activity resonates with the human heartbeat.

Other ways to hear the heartbeat of the family is through action. Common action binds a family together with a single purpose. For example, a family may serve at a parish church, volunteer in their community, or save their pennies to donate to special causes like those supported by Your Catholic Voice Foundation (YCVF).

Your Catholic Voice Foundation is a 503c non-profit corporation dedicated to doing good in the world. The corporation collects tax-deductible gifts and makes charitable donations to help end world hunger, improve education, and provide medicine to the poor, as well as supporting a very special pro-life effort that is actually proven to work.

Other aspects of the Global Heartbeat of the Family month include ideas for family activities that you can do together. This is perfect for those long summer days when kids can get bored and parents need to engage them with activity.

In the months to come, we will have other global celebrations that we will share with you, but for June we're focused on the family as the core unit within the Church. We hope you will join us.

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Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



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