Welcome to the Office for Marriage & Family Life!

The Office for Marriage and Family Life places itself at the service of parishes and families so that they can answer their call to holiness and help form communities of love and life in Jesus Christ. Our primary goal is to help families become what they are by realizing these four tasks:

  • Forming a Community of Persons
  • Serving Life
  • Participating in the development of Society
  • Sharing in the life and mission of the Church

Establish a Great School Year

Establishing a good school year is a step toward establishing patterns of goodness in your children (called virtue). If you want your children to flourish during the next 10 months, to enjoy school, to advance their knowledge, to get along with their classmates, and to come home without anxiety or fear, you need to set up a pattern of behavior based on expectations. If you want your children to live their lives the same way, and for them to embrace God and love their neighbors, you need to do the same thing. But what pattern do we establish? How do … Continue reading Establish a Great School Year

What Do We Really Know About Contraception?

There are certain subjects that seem to defy clear thinking. We hear certain assumptions over and over again until we accept them as truths. Then we assume that we know everything there is to know about the subject. But do we? In her excellent article “Hormonal Contraceptives: Do We Really Know What We Think We Know?”, Doctor Chandler Marrs appeals to us to pierce through the assumptions about contraception that we’ve accepted as truths. Dr. Marrs presents strong scientific evidence that hormonal contraception is not the safe, convenient solution to “woman’s health” that the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology … Continue reading What Do We Really Know About Contraception?

Marriage Tips Worth Trying

Every couple who wants to stay married for a lifetime knows that they have to work at it. Being a good spouse takes effort. The website For Your Marriage offers daily tips on what you can do to keep the love in your relationship vibrant and healthy. Some provoke thought, others give direction. All are based on biblical principles of charity. Here are some examples: 50% of a marriage is finding the right person. The other 50% is being the right person. Don’t complain about anyone or anything today, even if it’s legitimate. A non–complaining or whining spouse is nicer … Continue reading Marriage Tips Worth Trying

The Letter that Changes Lives

On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae – “On Human Life.” This encyclical clashed so much with the prevailing cultural tide of the so-called “sexual revolution” that it became vilified. Unfortunately even within the Church the beauty of this short letter has gone largely unnoticed. But when people do read this encyclical, their lives change as they begin to realize the beautiful truth about God’s plan for married love and human sexuality. The video below shares one such story . . . Click Here to Read Humanae Vitae

Catholic Life Articles

  • He said: I want to talk with the priest about strengthening our marriage.

    She said: 
Why would we talk to a priest; 
he’s never been married? How would 
he know how to help a marriage? You may be surprised to know that priests know quite a bit about marriage. Let’s remember that priests do not come into the world as ordained men. They are born as a son […]

  • Why should we go to them when our marriage is already solid?

    Our parish offers programs to improve our marriage. Why should we go to them when our marriage is already solid? This is a common question; one that is often asked by couples who are comfortable in their marriage and who have no pressing issues at the moment. Thus, they can easily think they know what […]

  • She says: We got married too young. I never really got to be single or date other people.

    He says: We’ve been married for 10 years; why is she having doubts now? This couple should be reassured it is common for spouses to experience doubt within marriage. In fact, marriage research points to the first decade of marriage as the toughest because of the challenges and transitions that typically occur. Let’s take a […]

  • Spending time with Jesus

    Church of the Resurrection Parish in Wausau Devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother have guided Mary Stankowski to her true vocation of motherhood The light of Christ in the Eucharist and the love of the Blessed Mother have guided Mary Stankowski through life. Her devotion began as a young Catholic girl living in […]

  • Marriage Matters

    Q: “We attended the Easter Vigil with my family and afterwards my mom asked me if we would ever consider getting our marriage blessed, since we were not married in the Catholic Church. That got us thinking, what would we need to do to enter into a sacramental marriage? A: All Catholics who marry without a […]