“The Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed”
~ Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 1
Proclaiming the Year of the Family
Pope Francis established the Year of the Family on March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. This marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, which means "The joy of love" and explores the beauty and joy found in family life.
The Year of the Family will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father.
Pope Francis established the Year of the Family to help strengthen faith and live God’s joy more fruitfully in family life.
Pray the rosary as a family
October is the month of the rosary, and the Pope's team has developed a rosary guidebook and meditation for families with children. Each mystery is accompanied by watercolor drawings that help families enter into the mysteries.
Celebrate the Year of the Family
Sign up for At Home with Faith
Sign up for weekly issues of At Home with Faith, delivered to your in box, from the Archdiocese of Seattle's Office of Marriage and Family Life. Each issue will help your family celebrate the joy and beauty of family life with great conversation starters, faith formation resources, and more.
Pray as a family
Take this opportunity to go deeper in prayer with your family with suggestions here. Join Pope Francis to pray for families to be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches. Find the Year of the Family prayer below.
Discover Amoris Laetitia
Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia means "The joy of love" and explores the beauty of joy found in family life, and it will inspire you and your family to live this joy more fully in your every day life. Sign up for At Home with Faith and get a short excerpt from Amoris Laetitia every week.
Participate with your parish
See the Parish Toolkit below for bulletin inserts, graphics and presentations that will help parishes celebrate the Year of the Family. The Office of the Discastery for Laity, Family and Life also has an official Year of the Family website which has suggestions as well.
Videos with Pope Francis
This video, "Called to an Ecclesial Mission: Families are to accompany young people on the journey for love," is part of a series of ten videos with Pope Francis and families from around the world on the joys and challenges of family life. Click here to download the video guide for this video. Click here for all videos so far. Check back often for the newest video.
Year of the Family materials for parishes
Parishes can use these materials in their digital channels. To download, click on the item you want to view, then click the download icon on the upper right of the screen.
Follow Archdiocese of Seattle Facebook @ArchdioceseofSeattle for ongoing Year of the Family inspiration and resources, including the latest issues of At Home with Faith from the Office of Marriage & Family life.