April 2020 Newsletter | The Latest on AFC Events


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Live Update and Q&A

with AFC President Randy Christensen

Join AFC President Randy Christensen for a live update and Q&A session on April 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Randy will give a short update about the AFC, then spend some time answering your questions. Join him live on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com

(Note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch the update from Randy, but you must have an account to submit comments or questions.)

Family Rosary with the Catholic Corps

Pray the Rosary with the Catholic Corps Men and Women following Randy’s update on April 22. The Rosary will begin as soon as the Q&A session is finished, around 7:30 p.m. (ET). Click here to join:www.facebook.com

Livestream Masses & Faith Formation Content

We continue to livestream our daily Masses and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Click here for the schedule. This month, we’re also adding a new video series with one of our chaplains, Fr. Kevin Barrett, called “Spiritual Response.” In these videos, Fr. Kevin will discuss four different ways you can live your Catholic Faith at home in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown. Click here to watch the videos.

Virtual Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration
We invite you to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy with us on Sunday, April 19. Tune in live on Facebook! Schedule below.
2:00 p.m. (EDT) Exposition & Eucharistic Adoration
3:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Litany to The Divine Mercy
3:30 p.m. Rosary
4:00 p.m. Reflection by AFC Chaplain Fr. Kevin Barrett
4:30 p.m. Benediction & Reposition

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Hope to Die: Hope to Rise Virtual Event

with Scott Hahn

The AFC is proud to sponsor a virtual event with Scott Hahn on his newest book, Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body. He challenges us to see the purpose of our earthly joys and sorrows in light of our eternal end, giving us hope as we continue celebrating the Easter season. The event will be livestreamed on April 20. Click here to learn more and register.

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Virtual Alone with God Retreat

with Matthew Leonard

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we adapted the Men’s Alone with God Retreat into a virtual event that was held at the end of March. Thirty men, including one from Haiti and one from Pakistan, participated in this do-it-yourself retreat during Ohio’s shelter at home order and shutdowns around the country. We think that’s great for a last minute change of plans!

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Change of Date:
JPII Work Fest

The upcoming JPII Work Fest will be postponed until May 15–17, 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions. We invite your family to join us for this weekend of prayer and volunteering. Projects for this year include: setting up picnic tables, cleaning outdoor chairs, getting the pool area ready, and setting up St. Joseph Auditorium. Volunteers age 13+ are welcome. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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Registration Continues for Holy Family Fest℠

Registration and preparations for our Holy Family Fests continue despite the current pandemic. Fortunately, the way things look now, it appears that we will be able to hold our Holy Family Fests as usual—Holy Family please intercede for us! If you haven’t registered yet, we invite you to do so! Click here to learn more and register.

If you are already registered but you are in need of financial assistance in order to attend this year, please contact us at [email protected]

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Young Adult Program for
Holy Family Fest

For the first time this summer, we’ll be offering an opportunity for young adults in their 20s and 30s who are out of college or trade school and part of the workforce to gather during the Holy Family Fest. If you grew up coming to Catholic Familyland® (CFL) but haven’t been back in a while, we invite you to join us this summer for community, formation, the sacraments, and more. Tell your friends and make plans to come together!

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CFL Pilgrim Passport 

One of the new activities at our Holy Family Fest this summer will be the CFL Pilgrim Passport, based on the pilgrim passports used on the Camino de Santiago. Families can grab a passport and visit sites of prayer around Catholic Familyland to collect eight different stamps. At the end of the journey, pilgrims who show their completed passport at Mama C’s Snack Shack are rewarded with a sweet treat.

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Totus Tuus Family Conference℠

We’ve discerned that our Totus Tuus Family Conference (October 9-11, 2020) will focus on St. Joseph, Pillar of Families. The conference will feature talks on St. Joseph and other topics, the opportunity to pray with the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the sacraments, and engaging programs for children and teen. Click here to learn more.

Registered for a Holy Family Fest? 
Holy Family Fests fill quickly so we encourage you to register soon. And bring a friend!

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