The FFA has six major segments in which members may participate according to their needs and circumstances in life This part of the Charter gives a general Overview of all the segments of the Apostolate The Marian Manual the handbook of this Apostolate is required for earl member of a group The Marian Manual clarify in a simple manner the procedures followed at meetings with Is various prayer study discussion formats far the different groups . The various segments am as follows:
1. Married Marian Couples – composed of married couples who meet at least once per month for at least one hour of prayer and discussion. One of the formats in the Marian Manual is to be used at meetings. A group may be formed with as few as two couples with the ideal size being five couples. When a group has grown to seven or eight couples and another couple wishes to join, the group should divide so as to form two groups (pp. 41 & 42). see part VII of the charter for details on married Marian home meetings including recommended reading materials for study by the group.
2. Fatima Family Youth Groups – composed of teenagers or young single adults with these two groups meeting separately. Teenage groups should have an adult leader. Once again one of the formats in the Marian Manual is to be used at meetings. (pp 42 & 43). To discover details of the youth apostolate and what tools are available for youth groups see Part VIII of the Charter.
3. Children’s Groups – may vary in age from about four or five to age twelve. A total explanation and the tools are in the Mary’s White League album with talks for small children covering the basics of the faith and illustrated books for meditating the Rosary. Parents or an adult are needed to guide these children and a manual in the Mary’s White League album is offered to assist the adult in implementing the program.
4. General Family Prayer Groups- These are mixed groups composed of adults of all ages, and people in general, whether married or single, widowed etc. These also use one of the Holy Hour formats of the Marian Manual- Part X gives more details on general or mixed groups- These are mixed groups composed of adults of all ages, and people in general, whether married or single, widowed etc. These also use one of the Holy Hour formats of the Marian Manual- Part X gives more details on general or mixed groups5. Confraternity of the Holy Rosary for Families – This involves joining in communion with many other families and individuals in offering the daily rosary for holiness of family life everywhere. It does not require any additional burdens for those who already belong to other specific groups of the Apostolate but encourages a confraternity of Rosary prayers for the sanctification of families beyond one’s autonomous group.
6. Suffering Members for the Conversion of One’s Country – Anyone with a serious bodily affliction that appears to be permanent may join this special Apostolate of the Suffering. They can receive a special certificate of membership and a card with a short prayer to be prayed daily. (p. 44). See Part XI of the Charter for additional information on Suffering Members.This section which gives a general outline on the various groups concludes with a short commentary on Mary as God’s Mother being the inspiration for the groups and finally some guidelines on general instructions for all groups.
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