Diocese to promote workshops on “Amoris Laetitia”

Marco Carvalho

Starting from February and running until July, the Macau Catholic Family Advisory Council will promote a series of workshops dedicated to the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The first gathering will take place on February 12th, with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang chairing the initiative.

The Catholic Family Advisory Council wants to encourage a greater involvement of the local families in the pastoral plans of the Diocese of Macau. The organization will promote, starting from this month, a series of six monthly meetings whose aim is to explore the content and the message of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and to analyze the pastoral paths behind solid and fruitful families.

The first meeting, chaired by the Bishop of Macau, D. Stephen Lee Bun-sang, will take place on February 12th. Bishop Lee will review and comment on the nine chapters of Amoris Laetitia and address the contents and relevance of the apostolic exhortation. In the document, Pope Francis analyzes the beauty and joy of conjugal and family love.

The Catholic Family Advisory Council invited experts and professionals from various walks of life to share their reflections on the family. The aim, the Catholic Council writes in its webpage, is to offer the participants the right set of tools to allow them to deepen “their understanding of the Catholic concept of marriage and family.”

The six meetings will take place on February 12th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th and July 2nd. The Catholic Family Advisory Council proposes a reflection on the Sacred Scripture and the current panorama concerning the issues affecting the families worldwide. The organization will address some essential elements of the Church’s Doctrine on marriage, family and conjugal love.

The Catholic Church celebrates the “Amoris Laetitia Family Year” until the 26th of June, the day on which the 10th World Meeting of Families comes to an end in Rome. By announcing “a special year dedicated to the family,” Pope Francis hoped to promote the development of the synodal journey that led to the publication of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The document is the result of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held from 4 to 25 October 2015 with the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”

A cornerstone of society and the life cell of the Church, as Pope Benedict XVI once said,  the family will be the focus of another celebration this coming Saturday, the Parish Family Day. Originally scheduled for October, the initiative was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Parish Family Day takes place in the sports precinct of Saint Joseph Secondary School, in Ilha Verde and it comprises a basketball tournament, games, recreational activities and other initiatives. Coordinated by the Catholic Family Advisory Council, the event has the support of organizations such as Caritas, the radio Voice of Mary or Bosco Youth Service Network.