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
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
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 . . . https://vimeo.com/226716627 Click Here to Read Humanae Vitae
by Laura Demetrician We have all seen it. Our friend starts dating (or maybe you start dating). Then this “seriously dating” friend suddenly becomes engaged, which leads to an elaborate wedding, honeymoon, and married life. So many promises and explanations are made during the whole drama. “Of course we won’t grow apart.” “Once we get past the wedding planning, I will have more time to hang out.” “I would never let a man come between us.” “Sure, our guys’ night won’t change. I won’t let that happen.” “After the honeymoon, our fishing trip is back on.” I know how the … Continue reading The Newlywed Hibernation
NFP Awareness Week July 23-29, 2017 July is a time for families to settle into the slower rhythm of summer and relax. It is the traditional month to hit the pause button at work and escape into a three day weekend or a week- long vacation. It is a time to celebrate family and life in its full. Truly, there are few things in life that can beat a circle of lawn chairs filled with loved ones who are chatting up old memories that bring smiles to every face. As you and your family slow down over the next few … Continue reading NFP Awareness Week
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 [… […]
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 [… […]