The Mission of the Family

The Mission of the Family

Session Overview (for facilitators): We open the series on the mission of the family. In the document, Follow the Way of Love, the bishops challenge Christian families to “become what you are.” The family is the domestic church, the church of the home, a community of love. The mission of the domestic church is to help each member realize his or her true identity as a son or daughter of God. Together, the family has a mission of bringing Christ into the world.

Opening Prayer:

Good and Gracious God, from the very beginning of time you made man and woman to live in loving relationship with you and one another. The family, the domestic church, was created to be a reflection of your love in the world. Help each family to be a community of faith and love to further the kingdom of God on earth. Help us turn to you when faced with temptation, knowing wherever two or three are gathered in your name, you are present. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Scripture Reading:
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (1:12-15):

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

The Gospel of the Lord:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Reflection Video with Lyrics: (or choose your own)

For Facilitator Use (may share with group): Our mission is to further the kingdom of God by sharing God’s message through acts of love and kindness. We especially have the mission of helping each member of our home to realize he or she is a child of God—a member of our family and God’s family.


With Every Act of Love by Jason Gray


Lead into the session video with these group discussion questions:

  1. What does the kingdom of God have to do with your personal mission? How does the kingdom of God impact the mission of your family?
  2. How do acts of love reflect your mission?
  3. What act of love/kindness have you witnessed this past week?

Please show the Session Video: The Mission of the Family by Linda Manternach


Discussion Questions:

  1. How does your life reflect your mission of love?
  2. Why is it important to “remember who you are?”
  3. Does your family have a motto in which you all live by?
  4. Will people know to whom you belong by the way your family lives?
  5. How does God’s mission of the family differ from the world’s mission?
  6. What are the worldly temptations that keep us from our true mission?
  7. Name at least one practical way you will help your family focus on its mission ~ the mission of the Kingdom of God, the mission of love.
  8. What was most helpful from this session?

Closing Song: I Send You Out by John Angotti


Closing Prayer: Holy Family Prayer

Let us pray with expectant faith for the growth of the faith of our families and the transformation of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in contemplating your example of love,

we wish to follow your way of holiness.


Holy Family of Nazareth,

may each family of the Archdiocese of Dubuque

discover, embrace, and live its true vocation

as the domestic church—the place of intimate communion and prayer.


Holy Family of Nazareth,

may each home become an authentic school of the Gospel,

may each table provide rich and satisfying nourishment, and

may each hearth extend compassionate love and mercy.


Holy Family of Nazareth,

make us every mindful of each family’s call to holiness

and beauty.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph, give us the desire to make our families more like yours.

Help each family realize that family matters and our mission is love.


We ask this through Christ, our Lord.