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

  • The Role of Asceticism in Modern Spirituality

    “Asceticism? Isn’t that like wearing hair shirts and whipping and punishing yourself? Does the Church still teach that?”  Questions like this are common when you start using traditional terms for things like the Lenten sacrifice. I love questions like this because they offer a beautiful opportunity to help people rediscover the deeper meaning of ancient […] The post The Role of Asceticism in Modern Spirituality appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • A Freedom Found in Asceticism

    Recently, I began my most extended period of prayer and fasting ever through participation in Exodus 90.  It’s a challenging 90-day period of prayer and asceticism, supported by a fraternity that I began on January 21 – 90 days prior to Easter.  So, this year Ash Wednesday marked the halfway point of my “Lenten” journey. […] The post A Freedom Found in Asceticism appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Use of Marijuana by Adolescents

    Currently, four U.S. states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska) have legalized the use of recreational marijuana and several other states have legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. As the adult population slowly yet steadily accepts pot use as something similar to alcohol use, one can hypothesize that adolescent use of the drug will […] The post Use of Marijuana by Adolescents appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Religious Practice and Adolescent Chastity

    “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:4,5 Remaining chaste […] The post Religious Practice and Adolescent Chastity appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Brought to you by the creators of That Man is You!

    Today is the day. It’s happening again.I walk through the door and the drama of real life begins. The choices seem small and harmless at first.It’s ok, I’m a good dad, things could be worse… The post Brought to you by the creators of That Man is You! appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]