Families of Nazareth Movement
Families of Nazareth (FNM) groups come together one hour weekly to support each other to grow in holiness by living out the spirituality of inner life in imitation of the union that Jesus, Mary and Joseph shared while living their ordinary daily life together in Nazareth. In addition, Families of Nazareth Movement sponsors a day of reflection for Advent and Lent, a yearly Summer retreat in several parts of the country and more.
This program is offered and has been accepted by many parishes through Orange and Los Angeles counties in southern California as well as other cities in the US. Process is underway to be recognized as “Association of the Faithful.”
It is about Faith Formation and a spirituality of interior conversion for the good of the individual and the whole Church. We are brought to union with Christ through Blessed Mother. It combines the beatitudes of the Gospel, Marian theology and the little path of St.Thérèse of Lisieux. Through this spirituality, we experience that everything we encounter in our daily life is connected to the Love of God.
The Families of Nazareth Movement is open to all, and any parishioners who wish this faith formation to increase intimacy with our Lord. There is no prerequisite.
Why is it called Families of Nazareth?
Inspired by the Gospel to imitate Jesus, who lived thirty years of His earthly life being educated by His Mother and St. Joseph as part of the Holy Family in Nazareth (Lk. 2:51.)
Families of Nazareth is a national movement for singles, married couples, parents, grandparents, priests and religious – for anyone who hungers to experience God’s unconditional love. All are welcome.
This ministry serves both St. Bonaventure and St. Vincent de Paul parishes in Huntington Beach, as well as parishes in Orange, Los Angeles, and throughout the United States.
The FNM mission is to become aware of the truth about ourselves, so that we can experience and come to trust and believe in God’s merciful love. In communion of life with Christ through Mary, we ask the help of our Blessed Mother to witness God’s loving presence in the ordinary everyday events of our lives.
Families of Nazareth meets at St. Bonaventure parish as follows:
- Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Sr. Brigid’s room
- Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Sr. Brigid’s room
- Thursday 7:10 a.m. Religious Education Building
For those unable to participate in a group, Families of Nazareth offers a Sunday Gospel reflection. Visit www.familiesofnazareth.us.
At St. Bonaventure, we have been active for the last 10 years and hope to continue in the future. Please know, that in our meetings, we pray for our priests and the whole community of our parish that we may desire to live as disciples of Christ in service to the Church with the New Evangelization as a priority.
Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote: “The work of the new evangelization demands that we abandon ourselves totally to Christ, following the example of Mary. The challenge of the present time and the current situation of the Church demands radicalism of faith. It is not enough to update pastoral techniques, organize and coordinate ecclesial resources, or delve more deeply into the biblical and theological foundations of faith. What is needed is the encouragement of a new ‘ardor for holiness.’ Radicalism of faith is impossible without our radical conversion and without fulfilling our universal call to sanctity – as the second Vatican Council reminds us. Otherwise, we will not become authentic witnesses of the Gospel.” Redemptoris missio, 90