By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
Whether single or married, young or old, the entire Archdiocese of Mobile family is invited to “One Faith One Family.”
The biennial family conference returns Aug. 2-3 at the Daphne Civic Center and it provides an opportunity for the entire archdiocesan family to come together, regardless of background.
The family conference is one of three archdiocesan-sponsored conferences. It takes place in odd-numbered years, while the Called to Lead men’s conference and Called to Love women’s conference run in even-numbered years.
“This is the one time when the entire design of the weekend is with (everybody) in mind,” said Pat Arensberg, director of the Office for Evangelization and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Mobile. “And I’ve seen this become part of the fabric of the archdiocese. It’s grown. When people see those signs (for the conference), they know what it is. It’s part of what we do.”
This year’s “One Faith One Family” theme is “The Family that Plays Together Prays Together.” It aims to focus on how families sharing time with each other by doing day to day activities can lead down a path of holiness.
Helping to spread that message at this year’s conference will be lead speakers Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak.
They host “More2Life” on Ave Maria Radio and are executive director and vice president of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to tough marriage, family and personal problems.
“I heard them at a conference this year and they did a masterful job of explaining how doing the dishes, changing the diapers, running the kids to soccer practice is the work of the domestic Church,” Arensberg said. “The work of the Church is called the Liturgy. In a very real sense, the path to holiness for families is to embrace those chores and see it as a way to lay down our life for Christ.”
Arensberg has also been impressed by the advice the Popcaks have provided over the radio.
“I find their advice to really resonate – it’s very realistic, but very rooted in Gospel values,” he said.
Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School principal Justin Castanza will serve as emcee and “The Vigil Project” will provide music.
Doors to the conference open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The first night will include a Catholic-based trivia “game show” for everyone to participate in beginning at 6:30 p.m. Adoration and Benediction will follow starting at 8:15 p.m.
Doors open at 8 a.m. Saturday, with events beginning at 8:45 a.m. The conference concludes with a 4 p.m. Vigil Mass celebrated by Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi.
There are also activities for children. Free childcare will be available on Saturday and there will also be an all-day children’s program for those between kindergarten and fifth grade.
Tickets for the entire weekend are $75 per family or $40 for individuals. Saturday-only tickets are $60 per family or $30 for individuals. Tickets do not include Friday dinner or Saturday lunch, but food trucks will be parked outside on both days. Conference-goers can also bring their own.
One Faith One Family
Daphne Civic Center
Friday, Aug. 2
4:30 p.m. – Doors open, dinner available from food trucks
6:15 p.m. – Praise and worship
6:30 p.m. – Welcome and trivia “game show”
8:15 p.m. – Adoration
8:45 p.m. – Benediction
Saturday, Aug. 3
8 a.m. – Doors open, Krispy Kreme doughnuts served, children’s area open, vendors available
8:45 a.m. – Praise and worship, prayer, game
9:30 a.m. – Talk 1
10:30 a.m. – Praise and worship, prayer, game
11 a.m. – Talk 2
11:45 a.m. – Lunch
1:10 p.m. – Praise and worship, prayer, game
1:45 p.m. – Talk 3
2:45 p.m. – Children’s performance
3 p.m. –Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:30 p.m. – “Mass Tips” from the “experts”
4 p.m. – Mass
$75 for entire weekend
$60 for Saturday
$40 for entire weekend
$30 for Saturday
Tickets may be ordered at: ofof.mobarchconferences.org/