PARAÑAQUE City, June 26, 2015—Advocates of the family, read on!
The Mary Queen of the Apostles (MQA) Parish, through its Parish Pastoral Council Commission on Family, invites couples, parents, and single adults to attend a series of monthly talks on what the catechism hails as the “domestic Church”: the family.
Themed “The Family: A Celebration of Love, Mercy, and Reconciliation,” it will kick off on June 28, Sunday, 1:00 p.m., at the MQA Community Hall, San Miguel St., San Antonio Valley 6, Parañaque City.
For its opening salvo, the first discussion will dwell on the topic “Man and Woman as the Masterpieces of God” to be facilitated by Jaime B. Leornas, country director of Family Life Philippines.
Created in God’s image
According to the Bible, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gn 1: 27).
Commenting on this passage, then Pope John Paul II, in what would later be included in his Theology of the Body (TOB), taught that this statement is the basis of Christian anthropology, because it identifies the foundation of man’s dignity as a person created “in the likeness” of God.
“[…]neither man nor woman separately are the image of the Creator, but man and woman in their reciprocity. Both are equally God’s masterpiece,” he said during a Wednesday General Audience at the Vatican on Nov. 24, 1999.
Cradle of love
Meanwhile, the Social Doctrine of the Church affirms that the family has central importance in reference to the person given that it is in this cradle of life and love that people are born and grow (212).
“[…]when a child is conceived, society receives the gift of a new person who is called “from the innermost depths of self to communion with others and to the giving of self to others,” it reads.
Schedule of talks
The schedule of subsequent talks is as follows:
- July 26, 2015, MQA Community Hall
The Couple as a Sign of the Sacrament of Love
- August 16, 2015, MQA Community Hall
The Family as the Cradle of Love
- September 27, 2015, MQA Community Hall
Life and Family Issues
- October 25, 2015, MQA Community Hall
Understanding Children in Today’s World
- November 22, 2015, MQA Community Hall
Teen Sexuality and Integrity
- December 27, 2015, Covered Court
Family Day, Celebration of Commitment and Love
For inquiries, interested parties may contact the MQA Parish at +63 (2) 826-5315 or +63 (2) 826-8321. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)