Parenting & Family Life


Two interactive parenting courses are available to be delivered by the Archdiocese online, during lunch hour, upon request. Or you can organise to run a group yourself in your parish.

These are:
  • The Parenting Children Course (0-10 years)
  • The Parenting Teenagers Course (11-18 years).
Archdiocesan facilitated courses:
  • Are run over 10 weeks  x 1 hour, via zoom, during lunch hour
  • Include a workbook and practical tools to strengthen families
  • Include video presentations by course creators Nicky & Sila Lee plus interviews with parents and parenting experts
  • Include time to connect with other parents, discuss the content and complete exercises
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To express an interest in participating in or running a parenting course in this Archdiocese contact us here.

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The Messy Family Project is a Catholic ministry based in the US offering a variety of resources for families.

The Family Board Meeting is a 5 week course offered online from time to time. It is designed to help parents become intentional about their vision, goals, and strategies for their family life.

The next course starts Friday April 9 and runs till Friday May 7 but is on during the daytime in Australia (8pm-9:30pm Thurdays, Eastern Time, USA).

The cost is around $160 AUD and the Archdiocese is currently offering a 50% sponsorship to families who would like to try it out for us.

Course Schedule (5 x 90 minute sessions)
  1. Welcome and Opening Session "Affirm & Assess"
  2. Session 2 "Answering the Call to Greatness"
  3. Session 3 "Family Culture & Goals"
  4. Session 4 "Discerning Your Family's Priorities"
  5. Session 5 "Making it a Reality"
To receive sponsorship:
  • apply and pay online HERE by March 31st (remember to use the intlcode as an overseas participant)
  • send your receipt to to receive a 50% refund within 14 days.
CatholicCare’s Parenting Groups can help you strengthen your parenting skills to manage the variety of circumstances that can be thrown your way. Our groups also give parents the opportunity to share your parenting experiences and tips for managing challenging situations.

The 2 courses we currently offer are:
  • Bringing up Great Kids, a course for parents with younger children; and
  • Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents (RAP-P), relevant to parents with children over 10 years of age.
There may be a fee associated with this service, contact us on 6162 6100 for further information.

Funded partly by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

GRoups & movements

In Amoris Laetitia Pope Francis celebrates the way Catholic groups, movements and communities “strengthen marriages and help them to grow” and how this, in turn, enables couples “ to be generous, to assist other families and to share the faith” (AL 229).

In the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn we are blessed with many groups and movements which promote and support the lay vocation of Marriage and family life.

Couples for Christ is a lay Catholic community comprising of couples and their families, kids, youth, singles, and mature men and women. In a spirit of mutual responsibility for the growth of the Catholic Community in Australia (and Oceania), Couples For Christ continues its support in making Church life relevant to the family. CFC shares its gifts through missionary works and services and by conducting family evangelisation programs.

Don & Carmie Velasco
0420 829 393
The Disciples of Jesus is a Catholic charismatic community of people from all states of life—married, single, priests and consecrated life.

The Community seeks to create a culture that is supportive of marriage and family life, by facilitating a lifestyle that promotes Christian marriage and Christian values. The fruit of this life is seen in strong marriages and families, and a youth culture built on faith based friendships.

We experience many large communal celebrations of weddings and consecrated life.

Peter & Judy Mullins
Mobile: 0403 851 917
The Focolare movement is a global Catholic movement which espouses an evangelical spirituality. Members seek to witness to and bring about the realisation of Jesus’ prayer, “May they all be one … so that the world may believe it was you who sent me.” [Jn 17:21].

The Focolare movement seeks to bring about this communion among its members, within the Catholic Church, between the Christian Churches, among persons of different religions and with non-believers. Its members, whilst predominantly Catholic, include people from all denominations and religions.

As well as youth, pre-marriage and marriage formation, the Focolare movement has diverse international projects focussing on families in need.

Keith & Anna Linard
0412 376 324
An international private association of the faithful which is active in over 30 countries. Jesus Youth is missionary in nature and has a special focus on evangelizing today’s youth, promoting an active Christian way of life, and commitment to mission. Since it's inception in 1985 Jesus Youth has evolved into family ministries as members moved on to accept the calling of marriage in their personal lives. All countries have active family ministries which are focused on building Christ centred bases of evangelization.

Anju Francis
0470 455 579
“The catechumens of the first centuries were a very important reality for the Church. What they did for the faith in those days the Neocatechumenal communities are doing today” (St John Paul II, 1980).

“I recognise the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation valid for our society and for our times” (St John Paul II, 1990).

Gerald & Tania Scerri
0426 236 662
A lay movement within the Catholic Church that offers couples a chance to discover the Lord’s presence in their marriage and to live in Christian fellowship with other couples as a way of giving thanks to God and bearing witness to Him in the world.

Tim & Genevieve Power
0437 013 328

In the Year Amoris Laetitia Family Pope Francis is calling on groups and movements “to devise more practical and effective initiatives” to support marriage and family life (AL 199)