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

What is “Domestic Church”

Getting married is easier than staying married. Today’s culture has severely reduced its societal support for a sacramental marriage and the family that it founds. Couples who choose to marry within the Church often sense they are on their own when it comes to navigating the challenges they face to live as God intends.

This is where the Domestic Church (DC) movement comes in. DC is an officially recognized lay movement that provides life-long formation for Sacramentally married couples for the sake of achieving sanctity together, growing in mutual love, and providing an environment where children can thrive and grow in union with Christ, so they may truly be called a Domestic Church!

To learn more about the Domestic Church movement, click here.

Want to explain Marriage to someone?

Have you ever tried to explain the difference between the Sacrament of Marriage and a civil marriage to someone? It’s not easy. Here is a great video that highlights many of the differences and gives you useful talking points. Click on title to view video.


Celebrate Advent in your Home

advent-wreath-homeWe are approaching the season of Advent and many families are looking for ways to celebrate the season in their home.

Cathedral Parish in La Crosse created a beautiful reflection resource that is suitable for every family.

Click on  Advent to download the resource.


Who would you like to have dinner with?

Have you ever been asked, “who would you like to have dinner with”? How would you respond? Would you pick a celebrity or famous historical figure?

Take a look at the responses given by several parents and their children.