Welcome to the new Diocesan Chairpersons of Christian Family Life:
Sonya Barrett, Kamloops Diocese; Susan Steiner, Prince George Diocese, and Paula Stewart,
Vancouver Diocese:
Welcome back to Phyllis Miller, Nelson Diocese and Linda Foucault, Victoria Diocese.

About Christian Family:
“…working for the good of marriage and the family is really a fight for the good of society and the human person, since it is at home that people truly learn to live, to value life and health, freedom and peace, justice and truth, work, harmony and respect. The future, like the common good, passes by way of the Family!”

Benedict XVI, Sixth World Day of Families, Mexico City, January 2009.

“The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called ‘the domestic church’, a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (Catechism, 1666)

Something to remember as a new school year starts:

Children and Bullying – teaching kids to respect others:
“The home is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies.” (Catechism 2224).

Bullying has been linked to various negative outcomes, mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide. The effects of bullying can be severe, affecting those involved- including the bullied, the bullies and those who merely witness bullying – long after school days have ended. It’s important that parents and educators don’t see bullying as an inevitable part of growing up but to look at the benefits of enlisting the children in their efforts to combat bullying.

StopBullying.gov, a website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), notes the importance of teaching children to treat everyone with respect. Parents (grandparents and other family members) can teach kids to pause before saying or doing something that can be harmful to someone else. Bullying inflicts physical and emotional pain on its victims, so teaching children to recognize that words can be just as harmful as fists may encourage them to think twice before saying something mean to a classmate.

Resolution:
At this year’s annual C.W.L. Convention, resolution:

2019.01 Canada to honour its Commitment to the United Nations                                    Convention on the Rights of the Child

submitted by the B.C. & Yukon Provincial Council and under the Christian Family Life Standing Committee, was adopted. Canada signed this U.N. Convention in 1990 and ratified it in 1991 but so far it has not enacted legislation to protect children before birth. This resolution calls us to urge the federal government to honour its legal commitment. The full text and plan of action is available at the CWL national website.

Blessings to you all,
Blanca Stead