Three family movements in the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Blantyre will today come together at Limbe Cathedral to commemorate Holy Family Feast.
Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of the Archdiocese of Blantyre is expected to be guest of honour. The movements involved are Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), Catholic Family Movement (CFM) and Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL).
Holy Family Feast, also known as Holy Family Day, is a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church in honour of Jesus Christ, His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and His foster father, Saint Joseph, as a family.
The day will begin with celebration of Mass, led by the archbishop, to be followed by other activities, including sports, organised by the three family groups.
“Considering that the primary purpose of this feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families, couples that have clocked 25 and 50 years in holy matrimony will be recognised and awarded certificates during the Celebration of the Eucharist.
“The Feast of the Holy Family is not just about the Holy Family, but about our own families too. It is our belief that family life becomes sanctified when we live the life of the church within our homes,” Francis Taurayi Mlewa, chairperson of the main organising committee, said in an interview.
Mlewa said the three family movements take the opportunity to commend the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) and Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) for organising nationwide demonstrations on December 6 2016 against legalisation of abortion and same-sex marriages.
“It is our appeal to all Christians to be alert and strongly fight all elements against the family unit.
“As couples in the Archdiocese of Blantyre, our children or other relatives come to celebrate this day, it is time to reflect on the value and sanctity of the family unit, and to evaluate our own family life,” he said. n