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What is a Family Life Chaplain? What does a FLC do? To whom is this service offered?

First, as intended in September 2013 by Auxiliary Bishop Tom Dowd, the FLC has the effect of a “ploughshare” to break open new ground as a form of “spiritual direction” for couples and families in accompanying them. This new service also serves as a support to parish faith communities and their parish priests, who are sent by the Lord Jesus and appointed by the Archbishop as the immediate, "front line pastors of couples and families" - the regular or "ordinary" Family Life Chaplains.

Second, the Family Life Chaplain serves as a “lightning rod” for couples and families searching for support in their faith and vocation to marriage and family life: to give them an opportunity to better understand their faith and to enter more deeply into their relationship with God and also with other human beings. Faith is God's gift to all who accept it to give them "new eyes, ears, minds, and hearts" to live their life no longer as isolated individuals crushed by heavy burdens, feeling abandoned, unwanted, unloved, but rather to live life as children of God who have come to know that the one true God and Creator of all is a triune community of divine persons who truly love them and offer them all the spiritual and supernatural gifts they need to endure the troubles of life and to safely navigate through all the obstacles and dangers of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ. When we believe in Jesus as the Son of God and Saviour of all, and welcome Him as our Lord, He pours into us the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life, who fills us with supernatural gifts enabling us to follow Jesus in this life as his disciples.

Third, the Family Life Chaplain acts as “spiritual advisor” and becomes familiar with movements that support couples and families and as needed offers them accompaniment, encouragement, and spiritual advice.

Fourth, the Family Life Chaplain serves as a member of the Diocesan Center for Marriage, Life, and Family: to collaborate and help to develop within the Diocese its concerted multilingual and multicultural mission to couples, families, and society at large. The DCMLF is networking with other pastoral agents labouring courageously and generously within The Office for English Pastoral Services, Mission Jeunesse, Social Action, Faith Education, and Pastoral Home Care.

So, today, you who are engaged or married couples and parents have much to gain by developing your connection with God into a more personal relationship. The Holy Trinity – Father, Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit – are always “at work” within us, and they only ask that we “pay attention” and “be open” to their love, “light”, and “guidance” in order to "make themselves at home" within us and in our married couples and families. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose by trusting in God!

"Our Lady of Ville Marie, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, please pray for our married couples, for our families, for our children, parents, and siblings, and lead us into the peaceful, loving, and joyful life you lived with Joseph and Jesus in Nazareth. Amen."

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel                            Our Lady of Guadalupe - Her Apparitions

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.                       Amen.

Fatima - all about the apparitions in 1917 and later

Fatima - Angel’s Prayer              
“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

“Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

The importance of silence + + + penance & Penance

Fatima - Pardon Prayer             
“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.”

Our Lady of Fatima's plan for peace - Faith, Prayer, Penance, Devotion, and Consecration of Russia, the World, and us....

Fatima - Decade Prayer
(at the end of each decade of the Rosary)           “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”

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