The mission of the Family and Life Ministry is to implement programs that support and strengthen the dignity, harmony, and stability of the family, the ‘domestic Church’, the first school of evangelization; to deepen appreciation of and enlightenment on the sacredness of life, importance of sacramental marriage, responsible parenthood, enrichment of married-family life; to provide assistance or guidance to address special problems of different members of the family.
For 2016, the Family and Life Ministry had mounted several talks to celebrate the Year of the Family:
• Strengthening Marital Bonds, by Cynthia Gavino last August 13
• The Family as Missionary Disciples, by Fr. Jerry Orbos SVD last July 30
• The Deepest Desires of Parents in Raising Their Children, by Fr. Ted Gonzales SJ last June 18
• Father, Are You Still There?, by Atty. Alex Lacson last June 11
• Parenting 103: Raising Adolescents and Teenagers the Right Way, by Doy and Estrelle Lopez last June 4
• Challenges to Mothers in this New Millennium and Age of Technology, by Lory Cipriano last May 14
• Relating with Children in Different Stages of Human Development by Dr. Honey Carandang last April 9
It is also the Family & Life Ministry that runs the Marriage Vocation Program, Christ the King’s pre-cana workshop. Experienced couple facilitators work together to set up the two-day weekend program for engaged couples covering a variety of topics relative to married life. The MVP has been designed to provide an experience of community and to challenge the engaged couple to look honestly at their relationship, their strengths and weaknesses as individuals and as a couple in the context of witness, sharing and discussion. It provides an opportunity to come to understand each other better, and to face areas in their relationship where they need to grow and compromise.
The Family & Life Ministry also recently published a guidebook for marriage preparation program counselors, entitled – Marriage Vocation Program for the Engaged, that distilled the best practices in the 20-year history of CTK’s pre-cana process.
In August, the ministry orchestrated the annual Huwarang Katolikong Pamilya event, awarding the title to the Mantaring family.
For October 2016, the Family and Life Ministry intends to work with the vicariate in its advocacy for drug user rehabilitation efforts, by providing the venue, food, and speakers.
The ministry is headed by Drs. Doy and Estrelle Lopez.