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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

  • Family Prayer: Messy But Invaluable!

    Our three youngest daughters are gathered with us in the Living Room. One is lounging on the sofa, one on the floor and the other is sitting next to Dad on the love seat. Dad asks, “How has God blessed you today?” and so our night time prayer begins. A tad bit unconventional in pose […]

  • The 6th and 9th Commandments – Teaching Respect

    Teaching the Way of Love for Catholic Parents As parents we want desperately for our children to understand and embrace God’s loving plan for their lives, including God’s plan for their bodies, as they grow into adulthood. In other words, we want our children and ourselves to learn how to honor the Sixth and the […]

  • What does love mean in today’s world?

    February is referred to as the month of love and romance. Chances are that you have spotted heart decorations nearly everywhere, and gotten your fill of jewelry, chocolate and teddy bear commercials. All of these are signs of the culture’s idea of love. But, is this really a true depiction of authentic love? Today’s societal […]

  • Unshared pain is wasted pain: what we did when our marriage went wrong

    What happens when romance slows down and real life begins? We took our vows seriously, “for better and for worse,” but how do we get through the obstacles of daily life in marriage and raising a family without white–knuckling it? We are surrounded in today’s culture by increasing divorce rates, where marriage is disposable and […]

  • Religious Practice and Crime

    We believe that faith should make a difference in this world as well as in the next. Following God’s plan should make the world a better place. This world isn’t the primary focus of our faith, but bringing the world into the Kingdom of God is part of the Great Commission. Well, science shows that […]