We are the Living Church
The COVID -19 pandemic has seen our Church buildings close. This is not a shut down of Church. We are the living Church. The People of God creating communities of faith, reaching out to others, praying. It might not be in the most familiar of ways and we may be challenged but we are still Church. Our Living Church at this time is based in our ‘bubbles’ it is a time when the Domestic Church takes on new prominence.
The Domestic Church.
In the Catholic tradition, the family holds a special place–especially in the formation of faith. Parents are recognized as the first formators in faith. According to the Second Vatican Council
The family, is so to speak, the domestic church. Lumen Gentium#11
This means that it is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek God’s will for us.
There are a number of resources available to help develop your Domestic Church including other areas of the website.
Building Domestic Church.
Some suggestions for building domestic church
Pray as a family and read from the Scriptures daily, certainly before meals, but also first thing in the morning or before bed. Find a time that works for your family. Use formal prayer, and try to include heartfelt unstructured prayer as well.
Pray a Family Rosary (each member leads a decade, and everyone shares intentions).
Create a prayer space and practice where you gather as family to praise, petition and thank God
- Talk freely about the presence of God in the joys and sorrows of your life in these COVID-19 times.
Demonstrate love for all members of the family and your neighbours and the world, including creation. As you go on your ‘bubble walk’ pray for your neighbours as you pass their homes even if you do not know their names.
Encourage each other by reminding yourself of the gifts each person has. At the end of the day have a gratitude time when each person takes a turn to thank everyone for something they have done or said that day.
Remind children that they are loved by God even when they make mistakes
Pray Mass as a family. The front page of the website has one each day to follow and pray with.
The Family Faith Section of the website is a rich source of material to engage families in faith
This short video from St Anne’s Manurewa gives a beautiful taste of Domestic Church