Building the Domestic Church With Holy Family

Catholic Information Service (CIS)

Since its founding, the Knights of Columbus has been involved in evangelization. In 1948, the Knights started the Catholic Information Service (CIS) to provide low-cost Catholic publications for the general public as well as for parishes, schools, retreat houses, military installations, correctional facilities, legislatures, the medical community, and for individuals who request them. For 70 years, CIS has printed and distributed millions of booklets, and thousands of people have enrolled in its catechetical courses.

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Articles

Previous Columbia articles by the Supreme Knight about the Domestic Church

A Renewal of the Family

A ‘Prophetic Flame’ of Charity

Our Domestic Church Guidebook

Consecration and Renewal

Families: Essential Agents of Evangelization

Our Mission to Build the Domestic Church and Strengthen Parish Life

Holy and Loving Families


Family Library

A list of resources and church documents that may provide for a fuller understanding of the family as domestic church.

A Scriptural Rosary for Peace and for the Family
A simple guide for praying the rosary, a centuries old prayer through which Catholics may learn of the Gospel and contemplate the face of Christ. The booklet contain instructions on how to pray the rosary, as well as collections of verses from the Sacred Scriptures, which can guide your meditations.

Prayer Time
A wonderful companion for anyone who truly wants to grow in holiness, offering the vocabulary of prayers and devotion common to Catholics through the ages and across the globe. These prayers beautifully express God’s merciful love and foster Catholic devotion.

Faith: Questions & Answers
Written in a simple Q & A format, this booklet provides brief explanations to questions related to the Scriptures, the sacraments and everyday Catholic practices.

Letter to Families
Considered one of the greatest pastoral documents ever to have been written, St. John Paul II’s letter is a special encounter between the Universal Church and each Christian family, through which families may understand God’s plan for marriage and family life.

The Family in the Modern World (Familiaris Consortio)
This apostolic exhortation written by St. John Paul II explains how the call to holiness is universal and can be realized within the concrete lives of millions of Catholic families through their commitment to marriage and family.

Saint Benedict for Busy Parents
Offers the life and work of Saint Benedict — whose famous monastic rule established principles for a spiritual life lived in a family-like community — as a framework for busy modern people who wish to learn a practical way to integrate spirituality and ordinary life.

God's Plan for Love and Marriage
A short practical booklet that addresses the five key points from the Theology of the Body, focusing primarily on St. John Paul II’s reflections on what marriage originally was intended to be.

Matrimony
Offers an accessible and easily understood explanation of the Church’s teaching of marriage, based on the Catechism of the Church.

The Gift of Fatherhood
Printed by Fathers for Good, the Knights of Columbus’ outreach to men and their families, this booklet is based off a series of talks given by Father Carter Griffin. It offers inspiration on facing the struggles of the vocation to fatherhood, particularly the challenges of daily life at work and at home.

Additional Resources

Catechism of the Catholic Church
A catechism is a text which explains fundamental Christian truths in such a way that they can be easily understood. As a "universal catechism," the Catechism of the Catholic Church is intended to be a point of reference for catechetical materials throughout the world, sharing the Faith in a way that meets cultural, social and ecclesial conditions.

Deus Caritas Est (God is Love)
This encyclical, or papal letter, offers Pope Benedict XVI’s reflection on different dimensions of love and certain essential facts concerning God's love for mankind, and addresses how we should share this love with our neighbor.

Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World)
Evangelii Nuntiandi offers the importance of evangelization in our day and age. In it, Pope Paul VI explains the central role that every Christian (not only priests, members of religious communities or professional church staff) has in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Familiaris Consortio (The Family in the Modern World)
This apostolic exhortation written by St. John Paul II explains how the call to holiness is universal and can be realized within the concrete lives of millions of Catholic families through their commitment to marriage and family.

Instrumentum Laboris (Working Instrument)
Instrumentum Laboris is a document drafted by Catholic bishops written to guide their meeting on evangelization at the Vatican in 1974. The document has since been considered an essential document in building the communion of lay people and religious in the Church and their common task to share the faith.

Papal Address to the Third General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate
Witten by John Paul II to the bishops of Latin America, this letter calls attention to the mission of the Church in modern times, particularly in the necessity of discernment and clear choices of position.

Papal Address to Families at the Mall of Asia Arena
Given by Pope Francis to the people of the Philippines, this personal address touches on the dreams, hopes and struggles of families, as well as the necessity of families becoming prophetic voices within their communities.


Humanum Review

Humanum

 

In 2011, the Center for Cultural and Pastoral Research of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., began a free online quarterly review of books and publications addressing current issues of family, marriage, love, children, health and human life.

The name of the journal, Humanum, was chosen because each issue aims to discuss precisely what makes and keeps us human, and what does not. Articles address topics such as how we can rescue our humanity when it is at risk of being lost, particularly in its most vulnerable stages. Other topics of interest include: childhood, education, vocation, work, artificial reproductive technology, Catholicism and the future of medicine, same-sex unions, and technology in the home.

Humanum is offered to anyone concerned with the renewal of a civilization of love. Issues may be accessed at HumanumReview.com.


Catechism of the Catholic Church

Catechism of the Catholic Church
A catechism is a text which explains fundamental Christian truths in such a way that they can be easily understood. As a "universal catechism," the Catechism of the Catholic Church is intended to be a point of reference for catechetical materials throughout the world, sharing the Faith in a way that meets cultural, social and ecclesial conditions.