Reclaiming the Domestic Church

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Reclaim and renew all that is Good, True, and Beautiful in the Family

Date: February 8, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Doors open at 9:30AM) (Lunch will be provided by St. Monica Church)
Cost: This event is FREE! (Donations are greatly appreciated to help cover the cost of the event. You can donate online using the link on the right, or make a donation at the event.)
Location: St. Monica Church, 4301 88TH AVE SE, MERCER ISLAND WA 98040
Childcare: We are happy to provide childcare for children ages 4-11. 

Event Schedule

9:30 AM - Doors Open
10:00 AM - Talk on "Family: Path to Holiness"
12:00 PM - Lunch (Provided by St. Monica)
1:00 PM - Talk on "Humanae Vitae and Conscience"
2:15 PM - Q&A with Professor Janet Smith

Is my Home a Domestic Church?

The short answer is yes, but how can we really cultivate this reality? It starts... in the home! How are you doing? Take this quiz to reflect on your own domestic church.

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What is the Domestic Church?

The term Domestic Church refers to what St. Augustine called the church at home. This is the FAMILY. The Catechism says the family is the domestic church, "Because the family manifests and lives out the communal and familial nature of the Church as the family of God."

Professor Janet Smith

Janet E. Smith recently retired from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and A Right to Privacy. Self-Gift is a volume of her already published essays on Humanae Vitae and the thought of John Paul II. She edited Why Humanae Vitae is Right: A Reader; Life Issues, Medical Choices (with Christopher Kaczor); Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attractions (with R. Paul Check); and Why Humanae Vitae is Still Right.

Professor Smith served three terms as a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family and also served as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III for 8 years.

She has a regular column in the National Catholic Register.

She has received three honorary doctorates and several other awards for scholarship and service. 

She has appeared on the Geraldo show, Fox Morning News, CNN International, CNN Newsroom, AlJazeera, and has done many shows for various series on EWTN.

More than two million copies of her talk, “Contraception: Why Not,” have been distributed. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact Michael Peters at St. Monica Catholic Church's Office of Religious Education.

Michael Peters
Director of Religious Education
206-232-9829 ext. 133

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