Family Spirituality

God sent his son into the world in a family that had its hearts open to love, as Pope Francis tells us. This page offers a pastoral guide to help families to be open to love in their daily lives at home.

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Deeping Your Relationship With God At Home

We are created by God to be and live in communion with each other. The family is the micra ekklesia (“little church”), a place that St. John Paul II described as “a living reflection of and a real sharing of God’s love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church His bride.” (Familiaris Consortio)

The principle and foundation of being Domestic Church is about becoming aware of the permanent and constant presence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in our homes. Out of that awareness and from the experience of God’s loving presence in our homes, the desire arises to pray, read the Bible, sing, dance, forgive, serve neighbors in need, celebrate, cook, clean (home liturgies) and give thanks for the gift of life and faith.

This process does not occur by spontaneous generation; rather, it must be prepared, requested, and desired with an open heart. In the end, it is a grace that is already offered to those who seek it. Being the Domestic Church is not a straight or continuous path, it has its ups and downs, but throughout there is the breath of the risen Lord who lives and constantly reminds us, “Do not fear”, “peace”, “I am with you” until the end of the times.

Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia offers us a pastoral guide as to how to continue to build the Domestic Church. Regarding raising children in faith, Pope Francis recommends that parents “need symbols, actions and stories” and “moments of family prayer and acts of devotion…which can be more powerful for evangelization than any catechism class or sermon (AL 288). Utilizing these areas of growth, families can continue to build the Domestic Church in their own homes.

How To Build Your Domestic Church


Ricardo J. Márquez, PhD
Associate Director
Phone: (858) 490-8295
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Janelle Peregoy, M.Div.
Associate Director, Separated & Divorced Ministry
Phone: (858) 490-8292
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Belen M. Olivero-Barnett
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8299
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Dcn. Bill Adsit
Mental Health Ministry Coordinator
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