Contact: Mrs. Theresa Kuehne at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ARCH-Angels of South Florida
is an association of Catholic families throughout South Florida that are committed to their faith as a way of life and home school their children.
Our Mission Statement encompasses our values and belief.
ARCH Angels has chapters in Dade and Broward county and continues to serve and grow as the Holy Spirit guides us. Membership varies from beginning homeschoolers to veterans, religious, alumni and anyone discerning homeschooling. Many families join prior to their children reaching school age.
We are committed to be a domestic church and lead each other to holiness and heaven. The means by which we accomplish this are the sacraments, formation, weekly and monthly educational and spiritual activities, social activities for both children and adults.
Our Mission Statement:
ARCH Angels of South Florida, Inc. is a community that promotes Catholic family life for families who choose to educate their children at home. We are committed to helping families grow in holiness, so that they may become witnesses of love and life in their families, parishes and the world. We believe that home schooling is a channel through which God’s grace is helping to form holy families. The foundation and guiding principle of all ARCH Angels functions and activities is its fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, in communion with the Holy Father and our bishop. ARCH Angels consecrates all its activities to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with St. Joseph. It is our firm belief that homeschooling is a vibrant, positive and challenging way of life. Home schooling allows mothers and fathers the opportunity to instill the Truths of our Catholic faith as the base of knowledge from which all other learning flows. ARCH Angels membership is open to families of all faiths interested in homeschooling, with the understanding that we are faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
Tenets and Goals:
Section 1. We believe that every family has the God-given mandate and responsibility for the education of their children (whether they choose to educate their children at home or in a traditional school) and should have these rights protected by law, regardless of their philosophy of education or religious affiliation.
Section 2. Trusting to the working of the Holy Spirit in all believers, we affirm that all individual family member home schools are completely autonomous in their activities and are not responsible to ARCH Angels of South Florida, Inc. for their individual organization or management, and thereby will not be regulated by ARCH Angels.
Section 3. Goals
A. To seek a deeper learning and living out of the Catholic faith by:
1. Promoting the Catechism of the Catholic Church as the ultimate resource for authentic Catholic teachings.
2. Promoting the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church (e.g. Papacy, Scripture, Blessed Mother, saints, sacraments, salvation by faith and works).
3. Cultivating a true devotion to Mary and the Saints.
4. Promoting family prayer (e.g. rosary, novenas, church devotions, Scripture study).
5. Encouraging frequent attendance at Mass, reconciliation and perpetual adoration.
6. Providing spiritually-oriented group activities (e.g. group Masses, retreats, rosaries).
B. To establish an intimate community of families whose goal is:
1. To develop a passionate love for Christ.
2. To be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with St. Joseph.
3. Loyalty to the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church.
4. To become leaven within the community.
C. To provide personal support and encouragement by:
1. Establishing a network of parents dedicated to encourage and to build each other up.
2. Providing a relaxed, trusting environment where members can share challenges as well as successes.
3. Assisting one another through practical suggestions and ideas on how to lighten the load in our daily struggles (i.e. setting goals, planning, organizational hints, avoiding burnout, and discipline).
4. Providing communication through newsletters, meetings and e-mail.
D. To promote Catholic homeschooling resources: In order to make our Home schooling truly Catholic, ARCH Angels will make itself available to aid families in selecting Catholic materials and resources, when requested.
To see more, read our by-laws.
CONSECRATION & OUR MISSION AS ARCH-ANGEL FAMILIES
During these times of great spiritual battle we must understand the importance of LIVING OUR CONSECRATION. During the past few months I have read two books by Fr. Kosicki, The Spirit And The Bride Say, “Come!” and Spiritual Warfare Attack Against The Woman. These two books have given me a deeper understanding of the importance of consecrating ourselves and families to Mary, and living out our consecration.
God is calling us to holiness and I firmly believe that God has a special plan for the families of our ARCH-Angels’ Community, but it will require each of us RESPONDING FULLY.
Fr. Kosicki writes, “We believe that consecration to Mary is an essential step toward the sovereign act needed to bring about the new Pentecost. This step of consecration is a needed preparation for Calvary where in a corporate way we will experience the crucifixion as did Jesus, our Head. The Cross is the source of the power both of resurrection and Pentecost. From Calvary we will move to the Cenacle where, as the Bride in union with the Spirit, ‘together with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and guided by blessed Peter’ we will pray, ‘Come Lord Jesus!’”(TSBSC p.xiv)
I believe that we are each being formed and purified by our Blessed Mother to participate in the triumph of her Immaculate Heart and in helping save many souls. Fr. Kosicki explains, “What Mary is experiencing now as ‘redemptrix- with’ the Lord Jesus is a foretaste of what the whole Church is to experience. The Church is to be the effective sign (sacrament) of salvation to the whole world. What Mary is experiencing now as mother and model is the fulfillment and reality of what is in store for all of us! This ‘saving role’ now exercised by Mary is to be the role of the Church in the world. The Church, like Jesus, the Head, is to ascend Calvary and shed its blood in union with him for the salvation of the world. Mary’s role as mother is to prepare us for this ‘yes’ on Calvary.” (TSBSC p. 45)
“And further, we fulfill the command of the Lord to us on the Cross, ‘There is your mother’ as we take her as our own (Jn. 19:27). This is the scriptural foundation for consecration to Mary, and we allow Mary to fulfill the command Jesus gave to her, that is, to form us as sons (Jn. 19:26). By entrusting our lives to her we unite our ‘yes’ with her ‘yes’ of Nazareth and of Calvary. By entrusting our lives to her we draw down the Spirit and make possible the new Pentecost.” (TSBSC p. 70)
Fr. Kosicki in his book, Spiritual Warfare, explains in detail the devil’s all-out-warfare against this age and gives us the armour needed to withstand the evil pushing in on us. God has chosen Mary to defeat Satan. Through our consecration, Mary wants to make us immaculate like her. St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 5:27 writes, “…that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Mary wants to equip us with the weapons of humility and purity to defeat Satan. God reveals Himself to the pure and simple of heart; how important these virtues are for our growth in holiness. Fr. Kosicki elaborates this point for us by saying, “She will teach us and bring us to her sinlessness, her holiness and will prepare us for the victorious battle of the Cross- even as she prepared Jesus! She will bring us to His docility to the will of the Father, to His humility, to His obedience, to His forgiveness and to His love which transformed suffering into salvation. We need to enroll ourselves in her school of holiness by entrusting our lives to her by consecration. By consecration, we allow Mary to fulfill the Lord’s plans both for her and for us.” (SW p.17)
Our families and the Community of ARCH-Angels must be marked by LOVE, but not just any kind of love, the love revealed to us by Jesus and Mary on the Cross. A concern is often raised concerning the amount of activities that we have. ARCH-Angels can NEVER become just a community of great activities, but rather, a community anchored in love of God and love of neighbor! We must live our consecration by helping each other carry our crosses and by allowing our Mother to lead us through the passage of Calvary as she did her Son. This is the ONLY passage that leads to Heaven and to sainthood. We must be a community of SAINTS FORMING SAINTS!!
Jesus reveals to Conchita the kind of love He desires: “Give Me a love like this, give Me souls who love Me in suffering, who find their joy on the Cross. My Heart thirsts for such a love, an unselfish love, an expiatory, crucified love, a sound love such as it may be said no longer exists on earth. Yet it is the only true love, the love which saves, purifies, and the love I require through My commandments. All other apparent loves do not satisfy Me; all other love is vain, artificial, often culpable, save the love which I have just shown you.” (Conchita, A Mother’s Spiritual Diary p. 154). - Mrs. Lourdes Pinto, Past-President
For even more information about ARCH-Angels read the"14 Points - A Way of Life for ARCH-Angels" by Fr. Jordi Rivero. (Found in the publications/articles tab).