Parenting & Family Life
- The Parenting Children Course (0-10 years)
- The Parenting Teenagers Course (11-18 years).
- 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
To express an interest in participating in or running a parenting course in this Archdiocese contact us here.
Find out more at https://www.marriagecourse.org.au/more-courses
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)
- Welcome and Opening Session "Affirm & Assess"
- Session 2 "Answering the Call to Greatness"
- Session 3 "Family Culture & Goals"
- Session 4 "Discerning Your Family's Priorities"
- Session 5 "Making it a Reality"
The 4 courses we currently offer are:
- Bringing up Great Kids (BUGK), a parenting program for parents with younger children
- The Circle of Security is a relationship model of parenting which educates parents in the importance of building positive and strong relationships with children, with a focus on compassion, inner strength, evidence based psychological education and self-reflection
- The Tuning into Kids parenting course teaches parents about parenting styles and how to tune into children’s emotions through simple and practical steps
- The RAP-P program’s objective is to assist parents with adolescents through enhancing communication skills, preventing conflict and increasing harmony in a family unit
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.
Level I (3-6 years)
Levels II (6 – 9 years) & III (9 – 12 years)
Sessions run weekly during school term, with Level 1 sessions held in the mornings, and Levels 2 and 3 sessions, held after school at Our Lady of the Annunciation Atrium, at St John Vianney’s Primary School Waramanga.
National website: https://cgsaust.org.au/
Don & Carmie Velasco
0420 829 393
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
When difficult situations arise that are difficult, worrisome, unable to be recognised, we react in a wide variety of ways, including guilt, criticism, shame, discouragement, resignation, a sense of injustice and anger. These responses bring us away from an area where God resides and prevent us from seeing God in others.
Faith and Light helps us learn to see in all others, and specifically in those with disabilities and with whom we grow in love. In our world of individualism and competition Faith and Light proposes to turn toward the smallest, the humble, the wounded and those who are put aside by Society.
Provincial Co-ordinator, Faith & Light International, Province of the Southern Cross of Australia and New Zealand
02) 4464 3812 OR 0408 979 337
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 non-believers who are attracted to its ideals.
In relation to marriage and family life, the New families Movement of the Focolare runs youth, pre-marriage and marriage formation, as well as having diverse international projects focussing on families in need.
Keith & Anna Linard
0412 376 317
0470 455 579
“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
The Passionist Family Group Movement takes “A Family for all” as its motto. The Groups provide an extended family for all who wish to belong; couples or those on their own, children with their parents are most welcome. There is a giving and receiving by all members of the group to each other. In fact, everyone is welcome to join.
Family Groups create a network where everybody knows at least a number of families well and this improves the atmosphere of the parish. They bring a happy loving spirit within the parish. They also contribute to promoting the life of the parish community as they are parish based.
Dennis & Mary Morris
For more information about youth programs, special works programs, Emergency Relief and the Vinnies Centres please visit the website listed under contacts below.
For information on how the St Vincent de Paul Society can support you and your family flourish, please use the phone number listed under contacts.
(02) 6282 2722
John & Alex Eyers
(G) 0408 497 899