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PASTORAL CARE OF THE FAMILY

Diocesan Target - Level 2 - Pastoral Care of the Family

By December 2020, we, the members of the Social Services, working together, have assisted children, youth, women, men and couples to discover the demands of faith and allow the life and teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. This has empowered them to grow as DISCIPLES OF JESUS. They have played well their prophetic roles in the family, the community, the society and the Church. This has been achieved through the programs offered to respond to the needs of the families, in dialogue and collaboration among themselves, with the Services, the Parish personnel and with the communities.



Rationale (Reasons)

SITUATION

There are many aspects to the lives of our families; some men are slowly changing for better and helping their wives with family duties; the women and girls are more active in the life of the Church than men and boys; many families are part of a SCC. However, our families are struggling daily with the many social issues affecting their lives. The traditional family ties coming from the extended family are decreasing; the men are struggling to play their role well as husbands and fathers; some families are not part of a SCC; dialogue between parents and their children is often lacking; many women and girls are victims of domestic violence; while modern technology is good and has helped us in many ways, often children and youths are influenced negatively by it. In this situation our Social Services are not structured to enable them to work together, helping each other to give more teaching about the Catholic Faith and help the families to play their prophetic role in the world.


IDEAL

All the family members, children, youth, women, men and couples contribute richly to the wellbeing of the family, discovering the demands of faith and allowing the life and teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. With the help of the Social Services Team working and helping each other, the families are strengthened and encouraged to support one another by sharing their life and faith in their SCCs and the life of the Church as Melanesian Catholic Families.


CONVERSION

From the members of the Social Services working on their own to working together for better services to the families. From leaving the children, youth, women, men and couples to struggle with their difficulties on their own in life to walking with them with our planned programs. From the negative view of the family with no dialogue and participation to looking more at the goodness that is already there.


Specific criteria of action:
  • Working together is a priority.
  • Sharing of knowledge, skills and resources with one another.
  • Avoid duplicating actions.
  • Always focus on the demands of faith.
  • Dialogue and communication among us is the key to success.
  • Opened to offer support to one another.
Process of action:
  • The members of the Social Services meet once a month to reflect on Journey Together.
  • We have daily prayer among ourselves or with the DTPA.
  • We come together to study about the Catholic Faith with the use of the Catechism and reflect on the demands of faith.
  • We publish Family News twice a year.
  • We organize an Advisory Board for Family Life and Caritas. It will meet 3 times each year.
  • We meet together for internal capacity building.
  • We prepare together one session about ‘sanguma’ to be given in all the Seminars.
  • Each year, we evaluate our working together.
  • In 2020, we do our evaluation and plan our common actions for the next Phase (2021 – 2024).
Diocesan Target - Level 2.1 - Pastoral Care of our Children: Child Protection Service

By December 2020, the Diocesan Child Protection team in collaboration and dialogue with the Parents, Priests, Religious, Parishes, Services and Sectors has guided the children and people to identify the demands of faith and has allowed the life and teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. This has empowered them to help the children to grow in a more loving and caring atmosphere. The children’s rights and responsibilities have been thought and promoted through the programs offered to our schools, communities and various groups. All have strived to become better disciples of Jesus and by following the ways of Jesus, have worked to safeguard the children in the Families, Schools and Communities.

Rationale (Reasons)



SITUATION

Some children have good parents who look after them nicely. They grow in a healthy family life, are well guided and educated by their parents and are well protected. Most people like children and the people work hard to find money to pay for the school fees. But some of the children are experiencing abuses of all forms: underage marriages, unwanted pregnancies, physical abuses, emotional abuses, many forms of neglect and sadly some sexual abuses. Some children are living with fear and remain silent. There is a high level of illegal adoptions. Some care-givers (parents and guardians) and some people in position of trust, sexually abuse the children under their care. Some parents are not really serious about dealing with the abuse cases of their children or do not know how to proceed. Compensation is paid as a form of penalty, leaving the victim with fear and without personal assistance.



IDEAL

Parents follow the example of Jesus who loved the children; they express their love for their children by respecting their rights and being more responsible for their good human and Christian upbringing. A safe environment is created in the diocese for all our children. All the communities make safeguarding of our children a priority. The diocese has the capacity to deal with cases of abuse of children.



CONVERSION
  • From all forms of abuses being experienced by our children to parents and communities becoming responsible for the welfare and protection of all the children.
  • From ignoring the fact that there are many abuses of our children to giving awareness on this situation and organizing ourselves to deal with all cases.
  • From keeping silent out of fear or reprisals to stand up strongly with the children who are abused.
Specific criteria of action:

  • The program we offer is open to all regardless of age, sex, nationality and denomination.
  • Put in place materials needed for the awareness and its follow-up.
  • Create a good atmosphere with the groups we work with.
  • Work in collaboration with the trained Child Protection Volunteers.
  • Have patience and hope that whatever information we give will produce positive reactions from the recipients.
  • Open up to support each other, and have a loving heart for the children.
Process of action:

2017

OBJECTIVE: We live our faith by following the way of Jesus as we become his disciples by living and promoting the values of FRIENDSHIP in all our planned activities.

  • The Child Protection Volunteers create an atmosphere of FRIENDSHIP for everyone so as to strengthen our relationship with other people.
  • The Child Protection Volunteers meets once a year to discuss about their struggles, achievements, and also share some insights to strengthen each other (Capacity building).
  • Contribute to Family News twice a year.
  • Appoint a Child Protection Volunteer in each Village and School.
  • January to February, the Child Protection Office prepares the materials for the planned activities for that particular year.
  • In the month of September, some reflections regarding Child Protection is sent to the parishes to be used in the Month of November for the preparation of the celebration of the International Children’s Day.
  • From September to October, the Child Protection Office invites the Child Protection Volunteers to forward their evaluations.
  • Mid- November, the Child Protection Office, does the Evaluation of the year and the Planning and Programming for the following year.
  • From January to December awareness is raised in some schools and communities as planned and programmed. (It is an on-going project or an activity).
2018

Objective: We live our faith by relating to God in the way of Jesus, living and promoting TRUST in God in our service.

  • We put our TRUST in God as Child Protection Volunteers and live our code of conduct every day.
  • The Child Protection Volunteers meets once a year to discuss about their struggles, achievements, and also share some insights to strengthen each other (Capacity building).
  • Contribute to Family News twice a year.
  • Appoint a Child Protection Volunteer in each Village and School.
  • January to February, the Child Protection Office prepares the materials for the planned activities for that particular year.
  • In the month of September, some reflections regarding Child Protection is sent to the parishes to be used in the Month of November for the preparation of the celebration of the International Children’s Day.
  • From September to October, the Child Protection Office invites the Child Protection Volunteers to forward their evaluations.
  • Mid- November, the Child Protection Office, does the Evaluation of the year and the Planning and Programming for the following year.
  • From January to December awareness is raised in some schools and communities as planned and programmed. (It is an on-going project or an activity).
2019

Objective: We live our faith by relating to others and to nature in the way of Jesus as we strive to be more CARING through our planned activities.

  • The Child Protection Volunteers CARE for each other and the people whom they encounter each day, either a perpetrator or a victim.
  • The Child Protection Volunteers meets once a year to discuss about their struggles, achievements, and also share some insights to strengthen each other (Capacity building).
  • Contribute to Family News twice a year.
  • Appoint a Child Protection Volunteer in each Village and School.
  • January to February, the Child Protection Office prepares the materials for the planned activities for that particular year.
  • In the month of September, some reflections regarding Child Protection is sent to the parishes to be used in the Month of November for the preparation of the celebration of the International Children’s Day.
  • From September to October, the Child Protection Office invites the Child Protection Volunteers to forward their evaluations.
  • Mid- November, the Child Protection Office, does the Evaluation of the year and the Planning and Programming for the following year.
  • From January to December awareness is raised in some schools and communities as planned and programmed. (It is an on-going project or an activity).
2020

Objective: We witness to our faith as we follow the way of Jesus and fully commit ourselves to our ministry to the children.

  • We COMMIT ourselves to fully carry out our planned activities for the year.
  • The Child Protection Volunteers meets once a year to discuss about their struggles, achievements, and also share some insights to strengthen each other (Capacity building).
  • Contribute to Family News twice a year.
  • Appoint a Child Protection Volunteer in each Village and School.
  • January to February, the Child Protection Office prepares the materials for the planned activities for that particular year.
  • In the month of September, some reflections regarding Child Protection is sent to the parishes to be used in the Month of November for the preparation of the celebration of the International Children’s Day.
  • From September to October, the Child Protection Office invites the Child Protection Volunteers to forward their evaluations.
  • Mid- November, the Child Protection Office, does the Evaluation of the year and the Planning and Programming for the following year.
  • From January to December awareness is raised in some schools and communities as planned and programmed. (It is an on-going project or an activity).
  • 10. The Diocesan Child Protection Office prepares the planning for the Pastoral Care of the Family for the Diocesan Planning- 2021- 2024 (Phase three (3) of Stage two).
Diocesan Target - Level 2.2 - Diocesan Youth Service

By December 2020, we the Catholic Youths of Daru-Kiunga Diocese and our friends have deeply discovered the demands of faith and allowed the life and teachings of Jesus to touch our hearts and we have become his disciples. This has empowered us to grow as a movement and play our prophetic role in the family, community, society, the Church and the world. This has been achieved through our planned and programmed activities.

Rationale (Reasons)



SITUATION

The youths have the desire to be alive and active in the Church, however, they are very much influenced by the modern technology. The dialogue between parents and their children is lacking. Most of them are neglecting their responsibilities in the families. Many are not interested in the Small Christian Communities and are not participating or attending the meetings. Not many boys are active in the Church activities and programs, only the same ones are active. Most youths lack knowledge about the Catholic faith, prayers and spirituality and their demands.



IDEAL

The youths contribute richly to the wellbeing of the family and community and take part in the life of the Church. They all learn from the Church, grow stronger in their faith and become true disciples of Jesus Christ as they make efforts to follow Him faithfully. The Youths are more active in their personal and family prayers, and are faithful to their Small Christian Community meetings and action plans. More youths take ownership of the present situation and take decisions to deal with the issues affecting them.



CONVERSION
  • From being victims of the problem situations to finding concrete ways of action that will benefit all the youths of the parish and communities.
  • From letting things go as they are to assisting the family members to dialogue and take decisions together.
  • From being stuck with a negative view of the young people to build on the goodness that is already there.
  • From many youths being passive in the life of the Church to many more youths being active and faithful in the life of the Church.
  • From going without personal and family prayers to becoming active in personal and family prayers.
  • From being wrongly influenced by the modern technology to loving and sharing God’s Word and learning the Catholic Faith and living its spirituality.
Specific criteria of action:

  • Be creative and take initiatives to make youth activities interesting.
  • Form servant leaders and disciples of Jesus.
  • Consider the capacity of the village and parish youth leaders.
  • Call upon the talents of the young people in church celebrations.
  • Adopt listening attitude and patience.
  • Reach out to the parish and village levels.
  • Create a good atmosphere among the young people.
Process of action:
2017

OBJECTIVE: The Youths grow in faith by learning Jesus’ way of FRIENDSHIP in the light of His Word.

  • Take an active part in the Social Service Advisory Board meetings (Family Life and Caritas).
  • Conduct the Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team Meeting five times in a year.
  • In February, conduct training for the Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team and the selected leaders.
  • Prepare and publish the Annual Diocesan Youth Learning Material and distribute them to the parishes.
  • Conduct on-going Programs for the Parish and Village Youth during school holidays.
  • Supply Diocesan Youth Service articles for Family News publication two times during the year.
  • Do follow-up and monitoring of the Parish Youth Coordinating Team with their Programs.
  • In June prepare Mid-year Evaluation.
  • Keep in touch with the National Coordinator and prepare meetings for youths.
  • Report to Bishop.
  • Organize and have Recollection together with other social services on the theme, “FRIENDSHIP”.
  • Have Recollection with Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team on the theme, “FRIENDSHIP” four times a year.
  • In November, do the Annual Evaluation and the Planning and Programming for the following year and conduct Training for Parish Youth Presidents.
2018

Objective: The youths live their faith with TRUST in the Father, by relating to him in the way Jesus did.

  • Take part in the Social Service Board meetings (Family Life and Caritas).
  • Conduct Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team Meeting Five times in the year.
  • In February conduct training for Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team and selected leaders.
  • Prepare and publish the Diocesan Youth Learning Material and distribute them to the parishes.
  • Conduct on-going programs for Parish and Village Youths during holidays.
  • Host the Diocesan Youth Convention in the Second Term School Holiday.
  • Supply the Diocesan Youth Service article for Family News publication two times during the year.
  • Do follow-up and monitoring of the Parish Youth Coordinating Team with their Programs.
  • In June, prepare mid-year Evaluation.
  • Keep in touch with the National Coordinator and prepare meetings for youths.
  • Report to Bishop.
  • Organize and have Recollection together with other social services on the theme, “Trust”.
  • Have Recollection with Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team on the theme, “Trust” four times a year.
  • In November, do the Annual Evaluation and the Planning and Programming of next year and conduct training for Parish Youth Presidents.
2019

Objective: The youths live their faith by relating to others and nature with CARE following the way of Jesus.

  • Take part in the Social Service Board meetings (Family Life and Caritas).
  • Conduct the Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team Meeting Five times in the year.
  • In February, conduct the training for the Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team and selected leaders.
  • Prepare and publish the Parish Youth Learning Material and distribute them to the parishes.
  • Conduct on-going programs for Parish and Village Youths during School holidays.
  • Supply the Diocesan Youth Service articles for Family News publication two times during the year.
  • Do follow-up and monitoring on the Parish Youth Coordinating Team with their Programs.
  • In June prepare Mid-year Evaluation.
  • Keep in touch with the National Coordinator and prepare meetings for youths.
  • Report to Bishop.
  • Organize and have Recollection together with other social services on the theme, “Care”.
  • Have Recollection with Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team on the theme, “care” four times a year.
  • Do Annual Evaluation and the Planning and Programming for the following year and conduct training for Parish Youth Presidents.
2020

Objective: The youths take an active part in the life of the Church, community and family by committing themselves in the way of Jesus and they witness to their faith.

  • Take part in the Diocesan Social Service Board meetings (Family Life and Caritas).
  • Conduct the Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team Meeting five times in the year.
  • In February, conduct training for the Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team and selected leaders.
  • Prepare and publish the Parish Youth Learning Material and distribute them to the parishes.
  • Conduct on-going programs for Parish and Village youth during school Holidays.
  • Conduct the Formation and capacity building Programs for the Parish Youth Leaders at the Regional Level.
  • Supply the Diocesan Youth Service article for Family News publication two times during the year.
  • Do follow-up and monitoring on the Parish Youth Coordinating Team with their Parish Youth Programs.
  • In June prepare Mid-year Evaluation.
  • Prepare the planning for the Youth Sector for the Diocesan Planning 2021-2024 (Phase Three of Stage Two).
  • In December host a Diocesan Youth Convention.
  • Keep in touch with the National Coordinator and prepare meetings for youths.
  • Organize and have Recollection together with other social services on the theme, “Care”.
  • Have Recollection with Diocesan Youth Service Animating Team on the theme, “care” four times a year.
  • Report to Bishop.
  • Prepare the Annual Evaluation and the Planning and Programming for the following year.
Diocesan Target - Level 2.3 - Diocesan Women Service

By December 2020, the Diocesan Women Service, as part of the Pastoral Care of the Family, will have empowered the women and assisted them to become disciples of Jesus, discover the demands of faith and allow the life and teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. In collaboration with other Services, women were able to prepare and organize religious, cultural and social activities to maintain their identity in the light of Christ. This has added quality to their relationship with God, people and nature. This was achieved through planned and programmed activities.

Rationale (Reasons)



SITUATION

A lot of capacity building and reach out programs have been offered to the women in most parishes of the diocese. The women have strong faith and take an active role in the life of the Church and the community. The women groups are more organized in most villages within the parishes. Many women and young girls are being abused and are still struggling to live in a safe and peaceful environment. Many women are not given chance in decision making and taking part in leadership roles, showing imbalance of gender equity.



IDEAL

The women discover and live the demands of faith and allow the teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. Enriched by the word of God, women are more active in their families, communities and in life of the church.



CONVERSION
  • From accepting that women are living and experiencing different forms of abuses and struggles, to work hard so that they live in a safe and peaceful environment.
  • From accepting to live with the lack of gender equity or gender imbalance to enable women to become capable of taking leadership roles in families and communities.
Specific criteria of action:

  • The programs offered to the women are simple in order to help women to communicate and participate.
  • The programs help women to deal with the issues affecting their lives.
  • Everyone has something to offer and receive for the growth of all.
  • All actions challenge women in their culture in the light of the Gospel in order to grow in faith.
  • Always take into account the culture of the people.
Process of action:

2017

OBJECTIVE: : The Women live their faith by becoming FRIENDS of Jesus and follow his way.

  • In February, the Parish Women Leaders are reminded to plan their activities for the year.
  • In March, a reflection guide on the theme “We live our faith by following the way of Jesus: we live and promote friendship as Jesus did” is sent to all women leaders.
  • Between March and November, outreach programs are conducted in some Parishes.
  • In April, the Women’s Forum is held at the Diocesan level with Parish Women Leaders.
  • Contribute articles to Family News twice a year.
  • Mid-Year Evaluation.
  • Write prayer guide with a focus on FRIENDSHIP and support the women to celebrate the “Assumption of Mary” in the Parishes.
  • Commit myself in SCC meetings.
  • In November, Annual Evaluation, Planning and Programming is made for the coming year.
2018

Objective: The Women live their faith by relating to God with TRUSTING hearts.

  • In February, the Parish Women Leaders are reminded to plan their activities for the year.
  • In March, a reflection guide on the theme “We live our faith by relating to God in a new way: we live and promote Trust in God” is sent to all women leaders.
  • Between March and November, outreach programs are conducted in some Parishes.
  • In May, the North Fly Regional Women’s Forum is held in one of the Parishes.
  • Contribute articles to Family News twice a year.
  • Mid-Year Evaluation.
  • Write prayer guide with a focus on TRUST and support the women to celebrate the “Assumption of Mary” in the Parishes.
  • Commit myself in SCC meetings.
  • In October, the Kiunga Regional Women’s Forum is held in one of the Parishes.
  • In November, Annual Evaluation, Planning and Programming is made for the coming year.
2019

Objective: The Women live their faith by relating to others and nature with CARING hearts.

  • In February, the Parish Women Leaders are reminded to plan their activities for the year.
  • In March, a reflection guide on the theme “We live our faith by relating to others and nature in a new way we live and promote care” is sent to all women leaders.
  • Between March and November, outreach programs are conducted in some Parishes.
  • In May, the Middle Fly Regional Women’s Forum is held in one of the Parishes.
  • Contribute articles to Family News twice a year.
  • Mid-Year Evaluation.
  • Write prayer guide with a focus on CARE and support the women to celebrate the “Assumption of Mary” in the Parishes.
  • Commit myself in SCC meetings.
  • In October, the South Fly Regional Women Forum is held in one of the Parishes.
  • In November, Annual Evaluation, Planning and Programming is made for the coming year.
2020

Objective: The Women live fully their Christian life by being faithful to their "COMMITMENT".

  • In February, the Parish Women Leaders are reminded to plan their activities for the year.
  • In March, a reflection guide on the theme “We witness to our faith, we live and promote commitment as Jesus committed himself in his mission” is sent to all the women leaders.
  • Between March and November, outreach programs are conducted in some Parishes.
  • Mid-Year Evaluation.
  • Contribute articles to Family News twice a year.
  • Write prayer guide with a focus on COMMITMENT and support the women to celebrate the “Assumption of Mary” in the Parishes.
  • Supply the Diocesan Youth Service article for Family News publication two times during the year.
  • Commit myself in SCC meetings.
  • Prepare the Diocesan Planning for 2021 – 2024 (Phase Three of Stage Two).
  • Do the annual Evaluation, Planning and Programming for the coming year.
Diocesan Target - Level 2.4 - Men's Movement

The Diocesan Men’s Movement, as part of the pastoral care of the family, in collaboration with the parishes and other Diocesan Services, has assisted the men to become disciples and discover the demands of faith and allow the teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. The men have been empowered to play well their roles and build good relationships in the families, communities and nature. This has been achieved through their active participation in planned and programmed activities.

Rationale (Reasons)



SITUATION

There are some men who have changed their attitudes and are slowly playing their roles; there are some men who are very committed to Church duties. The establishment of the Men’s Movement in the Diocese is now known everywhere. The office of the Men’s Movement is reorganized with its new coordinator. However many men are still struggling and are engaged with negative activities of the modern world and the Word of God is less valued. Some men still have a strong belief about sanguma and sorcery. They also struggle to play their fatherly roles and responsibilities. They are often passive and spectators when dealing with Church activities and programs.



IDEAL

The Men of the Diocese live and experience the demands of faith and allow the teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. Enlighten by the Word of God, men are aware of their roles and responsibilities in the families, communities and also in the life of the Church, living this out daily and strengthening their families and communities.



CONVERSION
  • From leaving the men struggling and engaged with negative activities of modern world to help them to become confident men, facing the modern world in a positive way.
  • From lack of commitment and not active in the Church to become good fathers, committed and active members in their families, community and the Church through the planned activities.
Specific criteria of action:

  • All teaching must be clear and inspiring.
  • Always foster the good of all.
  • Create simple and enriching activities.
  • Actions should start from the concrete situation of the men.
  • All actions aim at helping the men to commit themselves for change.
Process of action:

2017

OBJECTIVE: : The men play their roles well and live their faith by becoming the friends of Jesus and following his way.

  • Continue to give the seminar in the bigger villages within the parishes.
  • Do follow-up and ensure that men’s groups are established and are functioning well in all the parishes and in the bigger villages.
  • Contribute articles to Family News.
  • Prepare a reflection guide for the men with a focus on FRIENDSHIP. Send it to men.
  • In June, do mid-year evaluation.
  • In October, a leadership workshop is organized for the parish men leaders at the Diocese level.
  • In November, the evaluation and the annual planning and programming for the next year are done.
  • Take part in the activities that are organize at the working place, in the SCC and other activities at the parish and diocese as a whole.
2018

Objective: The men live their faith by relating to God with TRUSTING hearts.

  • Continue to give the seminar in the bigger villages within the parishes.
  • Do follow-up and ensure that men groups are established and are functioning well in all the parishes and in the bigger villages.
  • Contribute articles to Family News.
  • Prepare a reflection guide for the men with a focus on TRUST. Send it to men.
  • In June, do mid-year evaluation.
  • In October, a leadership workshop is organized for the men leaders in the north region in one of the parishes.
  • In November the annual planning and programming are done.
  • Take part in the activities that are organize at the working place, in the SCC and other activities at the parish and diocese as a whole.
2019

Objective: The men live their faith by relating to others and nature with CARING hearts.

  • Continue to give the seminar in the bigger villages within the parishes.
  • Do follow-up and ensure that men’s groups are established and are functioning well in all the parishes and in the bigger villages.
  • Contribute articles to Family News.
  • Prepare a reflection guide for the men with a focus on CARE. Send it to men.
  • In June, do mid-year evaluation.
  • In October, a leadership workshop is organized for the parish men leaders in Kiunga/middle region at Peter To Rot Formation Centre.
  • In November, the evaluation and the annual planning and programming for the next year are done.
  • Take part in the activities that are organize at the working place, in the SCC and other activities at the parish and diocese as a whole.
2020

Objective: The men live their faith by being committed to their duties as Jesus was committed to his Mission.

  • Continue to give the seminar in the bigger villages within the parishes.
  • The men are COMMITTED and become true witnesses of their faith.
  • Do follow-up and ensure that men’s groups are established and are functioning well in all the parishes and in the bigger villages.
  • Contribute articles to Family News.
  • Prepare a reflection guide for men with a focus on COMMITMENT. Send it to men.
  • In June, do mid-year evaluation.
  • In October, a leadership workshop is organized for men in the South region in one of the parishes.
  • Prepare Diocesan Planning for 2021- 2024 (Phase Three of Stage Two).
  • Take part in the activities that are organize at the working place, in the SCC and other activities at the parish and diocese as a whole.
Diocesan Target - Level 2.5 - Diocesan Couples & Family Life Service

By December 2020, the Couples and Family Life Core Groups in the Parishes have been encouraged and strengthened in their relationships. They have been equipped and empowered with skills and materials to reach out to other families in their respective areas. The Parish Family Core Groups with the Diocesan Family Life Service have worked in collaboration to offer programs in the parishes and villages. They have discovered and experienced the demands of faith and become true disciples by allowing the life and teachings of Jesus to touch their hearts. This has been achieved through the programs offered in the parishes and diocese.

Rationale (Reasons)



SITUATION

Some families have received the sacrament of Matrimony. Yet many couples have not yet received the sacrament of marriage and live with their children. It doesn’t give a good atmosphere for the growing faith of the Children. In most Parishes, the core couples are appointed to assist other families and reach out with programs to live and promote better relationships in their respective community. They lack self-confidence and support from communities and parish team.

Many couples and families are influenced and challenged by so many changes happening in the community and society and do not have time for family prayer and reflection on the Word of God upon their life situation. The men are struggling to play their role well as husbands and fathers. The dialogue between parents and their children is lacking. Many women and girls are victims of domestic violence. The youths are very much influenced by modern technology. Some men are slowly changing for better and helping their wives with family duties. The women and girls are more active in the life of the Church than men and boys. Many families are not part of a SCC.



IDEAL

All our Families and Core Groups live in communion and understand the true meaning of their life by following the way of Jesus through sharing their faith experience with one another. The Parish Family Life Core Groups are equipped with basic knowledge to carry out their roles in their respective parishes. All the families are faithful to their SCC meetings and duties and take ownership of the present situation and take decisions to deal with the issues affecting them.



CONVERSION
  • From letting the Parish Core Couples to struggle in their responsibilities, to working in a group to gain strength, support and confidence in carrying out the family life programs in the parishes and villages.
  • From living in an environment where all families are challenged by so many things happening in the community and society, to finding concrete ways of action that will benefit all the members of the families.
  • From letting things go as they are to assist the family members, to dialogue and take decisions together.
Specific criteria of action:

  • The programs we offer are opened to all: youth, married couples, single mothers, widows and widowers and even members from other denominations.
  • The Diocesan Family Life Coordinators work in collaboration with the Parish Family Core-Group in the Parishes.
  • The Diocesan Family Life Service reaches out to bigger villages for on-going formation and evangelization.
  • All the programs we offer are simple and easy for people to understand and prepared according to the situation of the people.
Process of action:
2017

OBJECTIVE: : The Parish Family Core Groups, couples and families have lived their faith and deepened their "FRIENDSHIP" with one another by following the way of Jesus.

  • To establish the Parish Family Core Group in all Parishes.
  • In March and April the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the theme of the year and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • Contributes articles to Family News twice during the year.
  • In May and April the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the value of FRIENDSHIP and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • The Diocesan Family Life Service reaches out to Parishes for follow up on programs.
  • The Diocesan Family Life Service attends the National Family Life Assembly.
  • A program guide is prepared for the parishes to assist them with their celebration of the Marriage Anniversaries for the couples in their own parish and community.
  • Program guides are prepared and sent to Parishes to assist them when required to celebrate: Family Day, Children’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Youth’s Day.
  • Make some time available for short in-services, reading and study.
  • In October the Diocesan Family Life Coordinators organize the first half of the Workshop on Peace Building for the Parish Family Core Groups for North, Kiunga and Middle Fly Regions.
  • In November, do the Annual Evaluation of the present year and the Planning and Programming for the following year.
2018

Objective: The Parish Family Core Groups, couples and families have lived their faith by relating to God in the new way of Jesus as they experience "TRUST" in God and one another.

  • In March the Diocese Family Life Coordinators organize the second half of the Workshop on Peace Building for Parish Family Life Core Groups for the South Fly Region.
  • In March and April the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the value of trust and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • Contributes articles to Family News twice during the year.
  • In May and April the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the value “TRUST” and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • During the year the Diocesan Family Life Service reaches to Parishes for follow up programs (TOT).
  • The Diocesan Family Life Service prepares and sends a memo to parishes to remind them to celebrate Family Day in the parishes/ communities.
  • Make some time available for short in-services, reading and study.
  • Work in collaboration with other organizations (OTDF) when required.
  • In November, do the Annual Evaluation of the year and the Planning and Programming for the next year.
2019

Objective: The Parish Family Core Groups, couples and families have lived their faith by "CARING" for others and for nature in the new way of Jesus.

  • During the year the Diocesan Family Life Service reaches out to Parishes for follow up programs (TOT).
  • In March and April the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the value of CARING and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • Contributes articles to Family News twice during the year.
  • In May and April the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the value CARE and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • In June and July we team up with other Services to raise awareness on different issues.
  • Make some time available for short in-services, reading and study.
  • Work in collaboration with other organizations (OTDF) when required.
  • In November do the Annual Evaluation of the year and the Planning and Programming for the next year.
2020

Objective: The Parish Family Core Groups, couples and families have lived to witness their faith through their "COMMITMENT" in their leadership roles.

  • 1. In May the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the value of commitment and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • 2. The Diocesan Family Life Service continues to advance and strengthen core-groups in the parishes to effectively carry out their roles in their respective parish.
  • 3. Contributes articles to Family News twice during the year.
  • 4. In May and April the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares a Reflection Guide on the value COMMITMENT and sends it out to all Parishes.
  • 5. Make some time available for short in-services, reading and study.
  • 6. In June, the Diocesan Family Life Service prepares evaluation for Phase two and does planning for Phase three.
  • 7. The Family life Service does its evaluation of the year and prepares its planning for the Diocesan Planning- 2021- 2024 (Phase three of Stage two).