The mission of the family and the society complement each other.
The Church in Goa is preparing for XIV ordinary synod on the family in Vatican fromOctober 4, and archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao has issued a pastoral letter to the priests and laity with an appeal to strengthen family life.?
The titled "Family, become what you are," seeks to proclaim the values of the family and urges priests, religious men and women, family associations and small Christian communities to build a community of persons, to be at the service of life, participate in the development of the society and thereby share in the life and mission of the church.?
Archbishop Ferrao pointed out that how the family acts has an impact on society and the society on the family as well.
"The mission of the family and the society complement each other," he stated in the letter.??Presenting his reflections, Neri pointed out that the culture of the family was the lifeline of the church from her very inception.
"The church is the temple of Christian life and the family a domestic church, a stage where the mission of the church is carried out."?
The church has drawn up various programmes to be observed during the next few months. A program based on natural family planning, grandparents day, family apostolate Sunday are among the programs. Other events include world marriage day and the day of the unborn.
Source: Times of India