As Catholic New Mexicans, we all come from unique backgrounds. Our individual experiences in this world transform our perspectives and the way in which we approach life. But what unifies us is our fundamental belief in our Catholic faith and in the Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Our faith is what helps us to persevere, to find strength, to show mercy towards others, to volunteer our time, talent and treasure to those who need it most. Ours is a beautiful, rich faith in which we are called by God to share with those who need hope in their lives.
We are spiritual beings and now, more than ever, our souls are thirsting for the truth that can only come from our Catholic faith. But, as Pontius Pilate asked Jesus before his crucifixion, "what is truth?"
For Catholics who want to learn more about the truth, and our faith, or for non-Catholics, there are many resources.
The Catholic Faith.
The best way to learn about anything, including our faith, is to educate ourselves. Though many of us grew up Catholic, we may not be able to explain it to non-Catholics because we may not fully understand the doctrine. So, what's the first step in fully understanding the faith? First and foremost is through the "Good Book" - the Holy Bible - which holds the truth in its pages. You can hear daily scripture readings on your way to work or while running errands, by downloading Laudate a free app for smartphones. For every question centering around morality, what differentiates Catholicism from other religions, and learning how to defend the faith, the Bible holds the answers.
Also, listening to Relevant Radio (98.9 FM) which offers several shows with varying formats, but all designed to enrich and strengthen your Catholic faith. From Apologetics (answers to common questions about Catholicism), to praying the rosary or Divine Mercy, to current events with a Catholic perspective, Relevant Radio is a great resource for non Catholics, "cradle Catholics," and those Catholic who wish to embolden their faith.
Finally, workshops, retreats and seminars offered through the Archdiocese Pastoral Ministries Division are also great ways to gain clarity on matters of faith and morals.
Becoming a Facilitator
There are many opportunities to receive or give guidance, which you will find on this website. The Family Life Office offers dozens of ministries designed to guide, support, renew, reaffirm and strengthen you in your journey to Christ. For every ministry, there is a leader or leaders who are instrumental in making sure these services are offered to you. If you are interested in becoming a ministry leader or support group facilitator, click here for more information. Several training sessions are available including:
FOCCUS Facilitator Training
Marriage Preparation Ministry Training
Family Spirituality Workshop – Home is a Holy Place
Divorce Recovery Support Group Facilitator Training
Bereavement Ministry Training: Crossing the Threshold of Hope
Holiness and the Joy of Love
Children’s Grief Facilitator Training based on Befrienders Ministry
For contact information for any of these training sessions, contact the Family Life Office at 505-831-8117. For information on upcoming training sessions or scheduled workshops, visit our calendar. For a list of all ministry events within the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, visit our events page. For a complete list of all ministries available through the Family Life Office, click on the tabs above or visit our home page.
The Family Life Office, of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, is a 501(c)(3) and gladly accepts donations in support of its 16 ministries. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please click here.