Marriage and Family

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

  • Fertility Awareness Isn’t a “Catholic Thing” – It’s a “Science Thing”!

    When people hear about fertility awareness or Natural Family Planning, they assume that this is just a “Catholic Thing.” Along with that assumption is that Catholics are expected to sacrifice scientific medical care because of their faith. But that’s not true! The Church teaches God’s loving plan for sexuality, and supports NFP as a method […] The post Fertility Awareness Isn’t a “Catholic Thing” – It’s a “Science Thing”! appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Choosing the best from our Families

    The first thing I noticed about the difference between our two families was how affectionate Steve’s family was. His father kissed me hello the first time he met me! That never happened in my family. You had to be in the family for a number of years before anyone gave you a peck on the […] The post Choosing the best from our Families appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Why NFP Rather Than Contraception?

    It is no secret that “artificial contraception” – which includes hormonal contraception, barrier contraception, and chemical contraception – has become widely accepted inside and outside of the Church, despite the Church’s constant official teaching that contraception is immoral. Many people think that the Church’s official teaching is “old fashioned” in its insistence that artificial contraception […] The post Why NFP Rather Than Contraception? appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Common Pain Relievers Found to impact Fertility

    Young women who regularly use pain-relief medicines called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) might be seriously undermining their fertility, a new study suggests. The study was conducted by Dr. Sami Salman, from the University of Baghdad and was Salman presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Congress 2015 in Rome. The popular drugs (ibuprofen, Naproxen, diclofenac) […] The post Common Pain Relievers Found to impact Fertility appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Are your perceptions real? Minding your P’s and Q’s

    You may have seen a little story going around on Facebook about a woman who was very critical of her neighbor’s laundry. She would see it out on the line, and every day she’d tell her husband, “That woman certainly does not know how to do laundry. The clothes are still dirty!” Then one day […] The post Are your perceptions real? Minding your P’s and Q’s appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]