Office for Family Life

The Office for 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

Why Get Married in the Catholic Church?
That’s a question that has increasing relevance
to many Catholics. Learn More >>

Event CalendarSafe EnvironmentBEET Grant Application

Resources for Clergy & Marriage MinistersDonate to our Ministries

Marriage and Family

Marriage Retreats for Engaged Couples

A list of the retreats offered in our diocese.

Learn More >>

Men's Ministry

Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad-to-be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, there is something for you.

Learn More >>

Women's Ministry

The desire for community – Bringing together women of all ages and stages of spiritual maturity

Learn More >>

FOCCUS Marriage Ministries

A comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by lay individuals, couples or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage.

Learn More >>

Youth & Young Adult Ministry


Are you or someone you know in a struggling marriage?


Divorce is difficult and messy. When a Roman Catholic experiences divorce, there is much confusion, from receiving communion to an understanding of the annulment process, the Catholic Church’s views on dating, and certainly the issue of remarriage. Catholic women and men struggle to find support and healing from divorce. Hopefully this site provides needed support. Learn More >>

End of Life

In this third millennium, our society is blessed by advances in science and technology. This is especially true in the area of medicine and health care. Medical science presents a vast array of treatments and procedures that offer both cure and care to those who suffer from illness and infirmity. At the same time, these medical procedures present individuals and their families with agonizing questions regarding the use of this technology to sustain human life. In a culture and society where an estimated 75–80% of us will die in some kind of institutional setting, we are all likely to face difficult decisions regarding treatment and care at the end of life.


Theology of the Body Unlocks the Meaning of Our Humanity


Congratulations!  As a parent, God has entrusted the well-being of your children to you. He has called you to be the first and the most important person in the life of your children. You are the ‘primary educator; with three main duties:

  1. Create a family atmosphere animated with love and reverence for God and others so that each child becomes personally and spiritually well-rounded.
  2. Develop a strong and lasting bond of trust with each child so that each one will become emotionally and socially mature.
  3. Set godly standards and expectations for each child so that each one will develop moral character.

Pornography is extremely addictive and damaging to a person’s ability to give and receive love.  This page has some valuable resources.

Same Sex Attraction

This web page contains a collection of on-line articles, videos, websites, books and frequently asked questions that provide a clearer understanding of Catholic Church teaching in reference to same sex attraction. The resources focus on such foundational topics as human dignity, friendship, chastity, pastoral care, marriage, same sex attraction and the effects of living a homosexual lifestyle and are meant to be explored collectively. The suggested audience is found under each resource. 

Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • Love and duty, work and restLove and duty, work and rest
    For 88 years, Thorp has been home to Gilbert “Gib” Voelker; 52 of them on his family’s farm where he was born. These days, he and his beloved wife of 62 years, Bette, live on a quiet street in town where Gib, with the help of his grandchildren, tends to… Read more »
  • Finding Joy by following God’s planFinding Joy by following God’s plan
    Providential encounters bring Dustin and Becky together Dustin and Becky Dodge know with utmost certainty that God has perfect timing. The couple met and began dating in 2017, marrying the following year. However, they should have met at least a decade earlier. “We had the opportunity to cross paths so… Read more »
  • From Rules to Richness – The Prusinskis’ NFP journey into the Will of GodFrom Rules to Richness – The Prusinskis’ NFP journey into the Will of God
    As Catholics, we are called to live counter-culturally in nearly every aspect of life. Preparing for and living out the vocation of marriage within the Church is perhaps one of the greatest contrasts with modern societal norms. Phil and Dana Prusinski of St. John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield, having… Read more »
  • Glimpsing the DivineGlimpsing the Divine
    The Van Hemerts’ Journey of Faith and Family “I never dreamed in a million years that I would step foot in a Catholic Church, much less become Catholic myself!” shares Jacqueline Van Hemert of St. Mary Parish in Altoona. After both growing up in Protestant traditions, she and her husband… Read more »
  • The Greatest Love StoryThe Greatest Love Story
    Our oldest daughter, Chiara, is getting married this July. I’m happy to say that God has brought her a wonderful man. My wife, Clare, and I are convinced that St. Joseph has had a hand in it. You see, Clare started praying in a special way for our two girls… Read more »

Contact Information

Office for Family Life/NFP
Phone: 608.791.2673

Chris Rogers, Director

Beth Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Christy Kitzhaber
Natural Family Planning Coordinator