The Archdiocese of St. Louis has begun an initiative for anti-pornography: As for Me and My House. This parish based initiative is aimed at fostering the virtue of chastity by building awareness of the effects of pornography in society, offering support and healing for those harmed by it, and educating Catholics on what they can do to protect their families from its influence.
St. Mark Parish is participating in a new Archdiocesan initiative called “As for Me and My House.” The initiative strives to assist individuals and families to become aware of the destructive effects of pornography and to offer them help, hope and healing to avoid and/or overcome those effects. “As for Me and My House” begins this upcoming weekend of February 27th with Awareness Sunday. Be sure to pick up the informational handouts after Mass
Following Awareness Sunday, our parish will host a Parish Awareness Conference for those who want to learn how to best protect their family from the damaging effects of pornography and how to help their children desire and choose God’s plan for their lives. Parish Awareness Conference will be held on March 28th at 7:00PM in the Parish Center.
St. Mark Parish will also offer “Theology of the Body” Study Groups to encourage people to abandon a culture of pornography by offering a positive alternative – a culture of life and authentic love. More information to come
· Develop a “new lens” through which to see the world with greater clarity
· Understand God’s plan for our deepest fulfillment in all vocations
· Discover the truth behind the lies of lust and pornography and how they can be overcome
· See how God’s mystery is revealed through the body and spousal love
· Learn the language of sexual love
What is pornography?
According to Catholic Catechism:
“Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials” (CCC, 2354).