Nature and Vision of FLC
"We are a Christian Community in the Roman Catholic Church. We are subject to the authority of the Bishop of Lafayette and to our designated leadership. Our life is centered in God, the Trinity, our model of perfect family and community. We understand ourselves to be sharing God's life more fully in our committed relationship of families rather than as individuals or individual families. We believe that as we surrender our lives to the Lord and to one another in community, God's presence and power dwell with us in a special way."
The purpose and vision of THE FAMILY LIFE COMMUNITY is to evangelize and equip families with the necessary knowledge of authentic Catholic teaching, a family spirituality, proper skills and mutual support in order to create a Catholic environment that will enable them to effectively live out their commitments to God, their families, the Family Life Community, and the Church, and to reach out in an apostolate of love to other families. In a word, the vision of the FLC is to promote personal and family holiness in community.
History of the FLC
The Family Life Community grew out of the St. Mary Magdalen Parish Family Life Program which began in 1986. As a parish program, the FLP had as its intent the renewal of parish life through the evangelization and renewal of families.
Witnessing the continued deterioration and erosion of Catholic family life and its values throughout the Church and country, and hearing the persistent cry of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to the Church to renew and strengthen family life, the families in the FLP felt called by the Lord to build a community in the Church in order to foster the authentic renewal of Catholic family life and values.
In 1988, with the approval of St. Mary Magdalen's Pastor, Fr. Donald Theriot, and Lafayette Diocesan Bishop Harry Flynn, the former parish family life program began its formation as a family community in the Church. Msgr. Richard Mouton accepted the invitation to be the Community's spiritual counselor.
Lifestyle of the FLC
With a focus on the enthusiastic Catholic family life, the Community gathers regularly for various spiritual, social and recreational activities in order to create a strong Catholic Culture for its families. Small Support Groups with an assigned pastoral Coordinator and 4 to 8 families meet for prayer, study, sharing and social and recreational activities.
General Assemblies of all the adults in the Community are held every six weeks for ongoing teachings, prayer and fellowship.
Other activities include Community recreation days, father-son breakfasts, mother-daughter breakfasts, men's meetings, women's meetings, luncheons, camping, picnics, etc.
Each family is formed through the formation program into a vibrant "domestic church" with Jesus the Lord as the center of the family. Each family is taught to pray, read scripture together and to communicate in the Spirit of Jesus. Dialogue between spouses and between parents and children is highly emphasized. Family meals, family recreation and game times are all part of the lifestyle of the Community.
All Teachings in the FLC are in accord with the Teaching Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. The Sacramental life, especially prayer, Penance and the Eucharist is the central part of each member's life.
The Apostolate of the FLC
As the Church teaches through its document on the family "Familiaris Consortio", it is the apostolate of THE FAMILY LIFE COMMUNITY to equip each of its families to become and "evangelizing community", that they may first transmit the faith to their own "domestic church" and then become a light and leaven to evangelize and minister to other families in their environment and society. In this way, they serve to "sanctify and transform our present society according to God's plan."
In addition, as members of the FLC discover their charisms and talents aided by the pastoral discernment of the Community, they are encouraged to offer them in service to the FLC, the parish they live in , the diocese, and the missions, especially in family ministry.
"The laity, by their vocation, seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs, and by ordering them to the plan of God." (Lumen Gentium,#31)