The Healing of Families
Father Yozefu-B. Ssemakula
May God’s grace bless your efforts as the Holy Spirit guides you...

May God’s grace bless your efforts as the Holy Spirit guides you in bringing Fr. Joseph’s grace filled family healing and deliverance prayer seminar to your parish and communities.

What steps are necessary to bring Fr. Joseph’s powerful seminar to our parish?

For those individuals and parishes wanting to host a Healing of Families seminar conducted by Fr. Ssemakula (Fr. Joseph), the first step is to consult with your parish priest and get his approval. Let him know that Fr. Joseph takes no stipends from parishes, his seminars are free. Have your parish priest contact Fr. Ssemakula via email inviting him to come to the parish. When that is done the necessary protocols between the two dioceses can be completed and a seminar date can be set.

What steps should be taken to promote and publicize the seminar?

In order to facilitate a successful seminar it is important to “get the word out” to as many individuals, families, and parishes as possible. Parish animators need to begin by talking, inviting, emailing, and making phone calls to alert parish members and the surrounding communities about this powerful, grace-filled seminar and the unique opportunity it presents for individual and familial healing and deliverance. Animators might want to consider enlisting the help of parish prayer groups to pray for the success of their seminar. Of most importance in initially promoting the seminar are weekly church announcements and bulletin inserts which highlight and stimulate interest in the seminar. Try to customize these to the "make-up" of your parish and community and be as "all inclusive" of everyone as possible. This is not just "family" healing, but a ministry which embraces individuals in every stage of life. Fr. Joseph sends you a page that will help you. It introduces the upcoming seminar to people who have never heard of “The Healing of Families” seminar. This page can also be printed as a separate sheet, along with a copy of the seminar schedule for people to take home. Changing the content of your notice in the parish bulletin every week will stimulate interest and build excitement in this wonderful opportunity for healing.

What other steps can be taken to promote the seminar?

If you have the ability, establishing a website to enable people to register online and to obtain schedule, lodging, and other pertinent information specific to your seminar is very effective. The website can answer many general questions for those seeking more information and it’s a convenient means of updating your registrants as needed.

More typically, many of the following methods are often utilized in publicizing the seminar. To begin advertising you can create a seminar poster with tear offs at the bottom listing your contact information and web address (if available) and deliver it to all local area churches. You may also want to post these at parishes in your surrounding communities. When delivering the posters, make a particular point of speaking to the office staff, and use the opportunity to give them a brief overview of Fr. Joseph's ministry while inviting them to visit his website. Also, ask if you might forward a notice about your upcoming seminar to them to publish in their Sunday bulletin and in their online website bulletin. Almost without exception, most will normally agree to do this.

A sample bulletin notice might read:

THE HEALING OF FAMILIES

Fr. Yozefu- B. Ssemakula (Fr. Joseph) renowned author of the critically acclaimed book, "The Healing of Families" is coming to (church) on (date) to personally conduct a family healing prayer seminar. You won’t want to miss this life-changing opportunity as Fr.Joseph will be presenting a simple, effective, and powerful prayer method for freeing you and your family from things you have prayed about for a long time, without results, including health issues. Individuals, couples, and families will all benefit in this grace filled seminar as you learn to distinguish between the true Cross of Christ that we have to carry for our salvation, and the false Cross, which is a simple captivity and oppression of God’s children. The seminar will equip you with how to pray effectively to end recurrent problems in your personal and family life in a step-by-step prayer approach for deliverance. For more detailed information including registration, preparation, and the seminar schedule please visit www._____, or contact name and phone number. May the Holy Spirit lead you to join us for this powerful deliverance and family healing prayer seminar.

Interviews with local religious radio stations are a good way to advertise the seminar, and local area Catholic and diocesan publications and newspapers will often list the seminar in their upcoming events section. Posting seminar flyers at religious gift shops, bookstores, and coffee houses is also often effective in generating interest.

Setting up a display table in your narthex will visually remind parishioners to register for the seminar and provide them with additional information. Two weeks before the seminar consider having a speaker address the parish after each weekend Mass briefly explaining Fr. Joseph’s ministry and invite all parishioners and their families to register and attend this life-changing seminar. By this time many will have read the weekly parish bulletin announcements and will have some familiarity with the subject. Your parish priest may be willing to do this.

What is the best way to encourage seminar participation?

Fr. Joseph’s family healing seminar is based on the teaching, scripture, and prayers of his critically acclaimed book, “The Healing of Families”. To properly prepare for the seminar and to receive maximum benefits Father Joseph strongly recommends and encourages all participants to read and study his book before attending the seminar. Buying them online is too slow and expensive, so Father Joseph will send, you the animators, cases of books, so you can sell them to your seminar participants. Just let Father know the size of your parish, and expected number of attendees. Once his powerful and inspired book gets into people's hands word soon spreads about the need and efficacy of family healing and registrations begin to come in quickly. In the weeks leading up to the seminar, try to have Fr. Joseph’s book readily available for purchase at your seminar display table after each weekend Mass. Church office staff may also agree to have copies of the book available for purchase during parish office hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Briefly, what happens at a “Healing of Families” seminar?
  • The seminar will equip participants with how to pray effectively to end recurrent problems in their personal and family lives. During the seminar Fr. Joseph guides you in the preparation of your own personal relevant prayer for you and your families, and ends the seminar with a liberation and deliverance prayer process.
  • What is the cost to attend a Healing of Families seminar?
  • Father Ssemakula offers his powerful seminar free of charge in an effort to help individuals and families in the spiritual combat against evil, and aid in healing and protecting you and your family from the certain effects of sin.There are no registration or participation fees required. Participants may choose to give a donation to the sustenance of his ministry at their own discretion. As this is often the case, animators may want to consider providing envelopes or a box for seminar attendees to utilize for this purpose.
  • What is the seminar time frame?
  • Fr. Joseph will normally conduct a “Healing of Families” seminar over a weekend beginning with Holy Mass on Friday evening and continue for approximately 3 hours that night. The seminar will resume Saturday morning again beginning with Holy Mass and continue all that day until 6 p.m. Participants should plan to attend Sunday morning Mass since the seminar rarely finishes before the Saturday evening Vigil Mass.
  • Will there be items available for purchase at the seminar?
  • Father Joseph will have additional copies of his “The Healing of Families” book available for purchase, as well as “The Quick One Prayer Pamphlet” guide, a small Spiritual Warfare booklet, and a Healing of Families CD. These items are often in great demand at the seminar and it’s helpful to have a small table set up with someone facilitating and monitoring the purchase of these items.
  • Do animators need to provide meals for the seminar participants?
  • Some seminar animators elect to have meals or refreshments available for a fee or “good will” offering for attendees. Most often, however, meals are “on your own” and participants are encouraged to bring meals/snacks with them, or go off premises to various nearby local restaurants and fast food establishments.
  • What accommodation and travel arrangements are needed for Fr. Joseph?
  • In an effort to minimize and help cover his expenses, Father Joseph is most often welcomed as visiting clergy in the parish rectories and offered accommodations. If this is not possible, he is very open to any type of arrangement which can be made, as his needs are very modest. Father will normally make his own flight arrangements, with animators assisting with transfers to and from the airport. Seminar animators will often reimburse Father Joseph for his airline flight tickets, but this is not mandatory, and is done totally at their own discretion in an effort to help in the sustenance of his ministry.
  • What supplies/equipment does Fr. Joseph require?
  • Father’s requirements are very modest. A microphone/sound system in the room will allow all participants to hear clearly and facilitate understanding of the seminar content. For illustrations, Father likes to use large sticky tear off “post it” easel pads (30 x 25) which are readily available in office supply stores. Additionally, an easel that would accommodate this large pad, one or two dry erase white boards, dry erase markers, and a bottle of drinking water (room temperature), should fulfill all necessary requirements.
  • Does Fr. Joseph bless sacramentals, oil, water, salt, etc during the seminar?
  • Yes, and much more. He will explain at the seminar. It is a good idea to set up a large table somewhere in the room on which participants can deposit the items which they have brought for blessing.
  • Are there any specific music, hymns, or prayers that Fr. would like at Mass, or before or after breaks?
  • No real need.
  • During the seminar question and answer period, should participants write down their questions beforehand, and what if Fr. runs out of time before answering all of the questions?
  • Fr. Joseph is normally able to answer all participants questions, whether in sessions or out of them. There is no need to write questions down.
  • Can seminar attendees schedule individual and private sessions with Fr. Joseph?
  • No, Fr. Joseph does not do private sessions. After going through the comprehensive healing and deliverance prayers there is no need of them! In the seminar, all entries that the enemy uses to tap into us, are effectively dealt with and closed. Participants go home, and life begins to grow afresh! That's what happens all the time.
  • Does Fr. Joseph offer any further or advanced training options for those who are interested and might want to pursue the ministry of family healing and deliverance?
  • Father is open to providing additional specialized training to parish healing prayer groups, individuals, and ministries. If sufficient interest is expressed, an additional training session can often be scheduled on Sunday afternoon following the seminar. A prerequisite for attending the advanced training session is completion of the Healing of Families weekend seminar.
  • Will Father SSemakula return to a location for additional seminars and follow-up?
  • Due to time constraints and his scheduling, Father is not able to return to a location for additional seminars. He receives so many invitations, including international ones, that it is impossible for him to return a second time. Therefore, he always asks participants to prepare and use their opportunity well.

We hope your planning goes well and that the grace and wisdom of the Holy Spirit will descend upon you as you endeavor to bring this powerful seminar to your parish.