August 18, 2020 // Diocese

Around the Diocese: August 23, 2020

New Ave Explores series looks at diversity of Catholic family life

NOTRE DAME — Family is the focus of the next multimedia Ave Explores series, “Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life.”

Families of all sizes and types make up the backbone, not only of society but also the Church. The term “domestic church” dates back to the first century and relates to the home — the place where Catholics first learn about the faith and how to be a witness to God’s love.

“Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life” will celebrate the beautiful diversity of families and their role in the Church. From singles to couples with many children and from priests and religious to grandparents and grandchildren, participants will learn how each family is called to holiness and to share their faith with the world. Catch previews on the Ave Explores Podcast.

“Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life” kicks off Aug. 19 with podcasts, an article, social media exclusives, and Facebook Live events each week through Sept. 11.

Contributors include Jackie and Bobby Angel, Emily Jaminet, Kathryn Whitaker, Damon and Melanie Owens, Timothy P. O’Malley, Father Cassidy Stinson, Danielle Bean, Ryan McQuade and Lisa M. Hendey.

The Ave Explores podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play Music.

Sign up to receive limited-time, weekly emails about new stories, podcasts, and Facebook Live events for “Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life” at

Lindsay Klinker
To prepare themselves before their confirmation, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, candidates at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Fort Wayne, took time from their regular EDGE youth group program for a few moments of socially distant eucharistic adoration led by Father Jay Horning. Afterward, they enjoyed some evening outdoor recreation. St. Vincent’s candidates were confirmed at Masses that took place the following Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Provided by Father Jason Freiburger
Work has started on a new gathering space for St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Elkhart. In order for the top-to-bottom renovation to begin, confessional area and restrooms had to be gutted – a project to which pastor Father Jason Freiburger lent some muscle last week.

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