Here are some useful resources to help you prepare for this important sacrament.
The Diocese of Kalamazoo welcomed the Pope's latest writing on marriage and family.
"Pope Francis’ long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family is a warm and loving pastoral letter from a father to his family of faith offering practical wisdom interwoven with important affirmation of Church teaching. In “Amoris Laetitia”(Latin for “The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis examines many of today’s important topics: love, marriage, children and family life. "
"He speaks lovingly and pastorally, encouraging everyone to, in his words, 'keep striving toward something greater.' In the midst of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, much of what Pope Francis teaches in this document is a reminder that no one, and no family, is perfect. As he states:'The Synod’s reflections show us that there is no stereo- type of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems..'”
Read the full text of Bishop's statement here.
For more resources about "The Joy of Love", click here.
Read Pope Francis "The Joy of Love" here
Click here for more information on the Diocesan Pastoral Plan including a listing of Parish Collaboratives and Frequently Asked Questions.