Archbishop José H. Gomez will host a virtual town hall meeting for families this Wednesday, May 6, at 12 pm Pacific Time.

The theme of the town hall is “Better Together,” and Archbishop Gomez will be joined by three expert guests, Helen Alvaré, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, and Christina Lamas. The event, available through internet or phone, will be interacive with families able to submit questions and comments to Archbishop Gomez and his guests.

“These weeks of stay-at-home orders have brought us together as families like never before,” said Archbishop Gomez said. “It is beautiful to be together, and in many ways, our homes have become our domestic churches, where we especially feel the presence of God in our lives. But we also know that we are facing challenges in our families — fear, uncertainty, all sorts of anxieties and stresses. This town hall will give us a chance to come together to pray, to share our experiences, and to talk about how we can strengthen our faith and families as we move forward in these difficult days.”

Archbishop Gomez said he is especially concerned to hear from the faithful about how their families have been effected by the coronavirus. He invited his expert guests to offer practical guidance and help in dealing with challenges, and how to grow in prayer and build community, he added.

The panel invited by Archbishop Gomez for the virtual town hall includes Helen Alvaré, one of the Church’s leading authorities and advocates for women and families, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a top psychiatrist and Catholic ethicist specializing in children and families, and Christina Lamas, a national Catholic youth leader.

This virtual event will take place both on the phone and online. To participate: