Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM
Office of Family Life
Promoting Marriage and Family Life
Do your part to promote the authentic definition of marriage. Get informed by reading the following talking points about (1) the Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 and (2) the authentic meaning of marriage.
For more information about the Church's teaching on marriage, check out the DNU Marriage Protection page: http://www.dnu.org/marriage-protection.html.
Questions and Answers about Girl Scouts of the USA
and about Catholic Scouting
The USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth has been in dialogue with the Girl Scouts of the USA over the last year. In recent years, key questions were raised by parents and Catholic leaders concerning GSUSA, which led to questions about Catholic participation in Girl Scouts.
The purpose of the dialogue is to provide information and further mutual understanding in order to offer guidance to bishops, leaders, and parents. Resources are provided below.
Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program
2014 Marriage Preparation Program Dates:
For further information contact:
Catholic Pastoral Center, Family Life Office, 1400 6th St. N., New Ulm,
MN 56073; (507) 359-2966.
The Remarriage Preparation Program is designed for couples in these situations: one or both are divorced and the annulment process has been completed; one or both are widowed or already in a second marriage and desire to have their marriage validated in the Church. In addition to topics covered in the regular marriage preparation program, the remarriage preparation program considers topics such as step-parenting and blending families, relating with a partner's former spouse and in-laws, and grieving issues related to divorce or death of a former spouse. The program is conducted at St. John's Church in Hector.
2014 Remarriage Preparation Program Dates:
For further information contact: Catholic Pastoral Center, Family Life Office, 1400 6th St. N., New Ulm, MN 56073; (507) 359-2966.
Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is an umbrella term for methods that allow a couple to achieve or avoid a pregnancy by monitoring the wife's fertility.
There are many different programs that provide methods of NFP. Each program teaches either the ovulation method or the sympto-thermal method. Each is a safe, natural, and reliable way of timing pregnancy.
In the Diocese of New Ulm, both NFP methods are being taught with three programs represented: FertilityCare (ovulation), NFP International (sympto-thermal), and Couple to Couple League (sympto-thermal).
A program for married couples who want to strengthen their marriage. For more information about program dates in Minnesota and the Dakotas, visit www.wwmesection8.org/cgi-bin/wwme-eekends.cgi
or call 507-644-3523 for regional opportunities.
www.retrouvaille.org/dates/php or call 1-800-470-2230.
Ethics Articles (Updated July 2, 2013)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Offices and Initiatives