Building the Domestic Church – The Family Fully Alive

Pope Francis reminded us that Christian families “are the domestic church where Jesus grows in the love of a married couple, in the lives of their children.”

SYNODS on the Family — Next month, Catholic bishops from across the globe will gather at the Vatican for the first of two synods on the family and evangelization. Learn more about these synods and the topics they will explore at USCCB site.

Building the Domestic Church – The Family Fully Alive

Building the Domestic Church (Adobe PDF:)
 Adobe PDF Document Booklet

Prayer (Adobe PDF)
 Adobe PDF Document Card

Monthly Themes & Meditations
For Councils

Participating in this initiative can be as simple as providing this booklet to your council and interested parish families. For councils that wish to do more to help strengthen their council families in faith and in turn strengthen their parishes, they can undertake these other items.

Start your program by asking your chaplains or another attending clergy member to bless the Holy Family icons that families have brought to the event. Then offer families the chance to share their monthly project and also what spending time together on the project has meant to them.

Family Movie Nights (once a month)

Invite all your council and parish families to gather as a family of families and share fun and fellowship while watching a free family movie. Have a special area for the kids, set up chairs in the back for parents/guardians, and provide free refreshments. Council leaders will find suggested movies for each month as well as simple steps in setting up a movie night.

Your council will need to obtain a special license to be able to show these movies in public. To cover this, your council can obtain a yearly paid subscription from the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC). Information on this service can be found at

Here are some tips on hosting the movie night:

Send out flyers (via email and by hand) to your council families. Also, consider distributing to parish families as well. Include the date, time, location, movie title, information on what charity contributions are being collected for, as well as an invitation for children to bring sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. You should also note that free refreshments will be available.
Open the doors for people to come in and settle a half hour before the movie begins.
Have free popcorn, lemonade, water, coffee or other refreshments available for attendees.
Set up a container to accept voluntary donations for either an ongoing charitable cause (possibly one associated with your parish) or a different charity each month.
Consider having an intermission halfway through the movie to allow for bathroom breaks and time to stretch.
After the movie, have a short discussion on the film (how it portrayed families, what were the good things that the characters did together, and what lessons they learned).

Family-Oriented Volunteer Projects (once a month)
Invite council families and other interested families to volunteer at a council service program each month. Council leaders will find suggested volunteer activities in this booklet to serve as a guide, but they may substitute programs or activities that the council already has planned for each month.

Salute to Religious Vocations

The Greater Cincinnati Chapter Knights of Columbus will present its biannual “Salute to Religious Vocations” on Thursday March 15, 2018, at Catholic Kolping Society (10235 Mill Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45231). The principal speaker will be Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

The Program for the evening is as follows:
6:30 p.m. – Cocktails
7:20 p.m. – Invocation & Dinner
8:10 p.m. – Speakers Program
9:00 p.m. – Closing Prayer & Adjournment

We look forward to your participation in honoring the clergy, deacons, religious and seminarians of the Greater Cincinnati area, along with honoring our Religious of the Year recipient (you may email completed nomination forms to Jonathan Pearson).
Please invite all those in your Council’s purview, including your RSVP seminarians, to this important event. You may use directly the sample invitation letter included with this letter or you may use it as a guide in formulating your own invitation format.

Reservations must be received as soon as possible. As in the past, table location and seating will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. There will be NO dinner seats sold at the door. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of the reservation form and monies.
Cost will be $30.00 per person, with each council paying the dinner costs of all those religious invited by that council. Tickets can be issued in groups of six (6) per table. Payment must accompany reservation form before seat assignment is made. There will be no refunds. Net proceeds will be given to Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Please respond no later than March 1st, 2018.
Jonathan Pearson – Chairman 513-562-0611

Checks Payable to: Greater Cincinnati Chapter K of C
Mail to: Jonathan Pearson 3808 Southern Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45227
Work Doc:
 Word Document Religious Nomination form
 Work DocumentPriest & Deacon Nomination form
 Word Document Salute to Vocations RSVP Form
 Work DocumentSalute to Vocations SAMPLE Invitation