The family is the essential building block of healthy individuals as well as a healthy society. The Church teaches that the family is what is referred to as the ‘domestic church.’ It is in family life that the Gospel message is lived and passed on to the next generation of disciples.
Events such as the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, sudden unemployment, or a need for long term health care affect the entire family. The marriage and family life office seeks to help families in their desire to build and maintain a faith filled life through every stage and in every circumstance of the often challenging journey that is known as family life.
Natural Family Planning promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Church teaching on human sexuality. It helps a couple see the benefits that the NFP way of life brings to the most intimate part of their marriage.
Responsible Parenthood is designed to help couples discern when it is the right time, and what is the right number of children for their family. It provides resources to assist parents as the primary educators of their children.
Myspace, Cybersex and You is meant to increase parental awareness about the dangers of the internet and provide practical guidelines to assist parents in ensuring the safety and purity of their children.
Chastity Education programs are available for middle school and high school age students and are designed with an emphasis on the importance of respecting, understanding, and appreciating God’s gift of human sexuality.
The Anniversary Mass is a yearly celebration for couples married 50 years or more. It includes the renewal of wedding vows and a reception at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Grief ministry training and support is offered for parish programs which are designed to assist those in the grieving process. This includes everything from funeral planning to local grief support groups.
For details on these and other family life resources please contact our office.