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Family Series

Strengthening Catholic Families: 9-Part Series

September 2019 - May 2020
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Parish Hall

We invite all school and parish families to reinforce their skills as Catholic parents. The success of St. Maria Goretti is based on the success of our families. We find it very important to support our families with resources that build family bonds and strengthen the tools parents need in an ever-challenging world.

Justin Bangert, MS, LMFT is a Catholic Marriage and Family Therapist who, for more than eight years, has been professionally devoted to promoting healthy marriages, families, and communities from a Christian perspective. Monthly, from September through May, he will be presenting on various aspects of Catholic parenting. Topics will include faith, communication, social media usage, integral sexual development, and more.

Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

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Upcoming Topics

  • Wednesday, November 20 - Talking So Your Kids Will Listen, and Listening So They Will Talk (Communication)
    Communication is supposed to be a two-way street, yet most of us feel our conversations quickly head the wrong way on a one-way road. Join us for a candid discussion about common problems and practical solutions to a better parent connection as a result of better communication styles and skills.

  • Wednesday, December 18 - Topic TBD
  • Wednesday, January 15 - Topic TBD
  • Wednesday, February 19 - Topic TBD
  • Wednesday, March 18 - Topic TBD
  • Wednesday, April 15 - Topic TBD
  • Wednesday, May 20 - Topic TBD

Past Topics

  • Wednesday, October 16 - The Over and Under of Parenting (Balance)
  • Wednesday, September 18 - Family as the Foundation of Faith Formation (Intentionality)

About the Speaker

Justin Bangert is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over ten years of experience working with families, couples, individuals, children and adolescents in multiple settings including day-treatment centers, in-home facilities and outpatient service agencies.

He is devoted to helping people create a solid foundation for their significant relationships as well as their walk with the Lord that is based on friendship and trust, which will allow them to overcome their differences and essentially create a shared meaning throughout their journey of life together.

As a father of three and married for over a decade, he offers himself as a devoted Catholic, trying to live out God’s calling as a father, husband, family member, and contributor to the local church community.

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This presentation was very helpful and thought provoking. It will help our family start some good dialogue. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

Family Series Participant

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