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

  • How to Comfort the Sorrowful- What to say & do; What to avoid

    We’ve all been there; standing next to someone who has just lost a loved one. They are visibly saddened by the death of their beloved. Their pain is palpable and you want to do the right thing to bring them comfort. But what is that? What do you say? What should you say? What should […] The post How to Comfort the Sorrowful- What to say & do; What to avoid appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Life Lesson Learned from a Small Country Church

    During a recent family vacation, we were blessed with the chance to celebrate Mass in a tiny rural mission parish: St. Helen near Charlotte, NC.  We were led here by our son who was living in the area for the summer.  What a gem!  What makes this parish so memorable is not the building or […] The post Life Lesson Learned from a Small Country Church appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Family Benefits of Church Attendance

    “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20 God designed us to have a relationship with Him and social science research illustrates the benefits that come from spending time with Him. • Fathers who attend church are more likely to affectionate with their children. • Fathers who […] The post Family Benefits of Church Attendance appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Do you want to be a saint?

    In 1979, then Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize. Shortly thereafter, my mother in law printed off part of her acceptance speech, framed it and gave it to my family. Here is what it says: Each person’s mission is a mission of love…Begin in the place where you are with the people closest to […] The post Do you want to be a saint? appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.

  • Religiousness: Is it a Male or Female Thing?

    A mountain of Gallup survey data attests to the idea that women are more religious than men, hold their beliefs more firmly, practice their faith more consistently, and work more vigorously for the congregation. In fact, gender-based differences in responses to religious questions are far more pronounced than those between any other demographic categories, such […] The post Religiousness: Is it a Male or Female Thing? appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse.