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 the Father in the Family

    “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline […] The post The Role of the Father in the Family appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Girls’ Mental Health Suffers when Romance Unfolds Differently than Imagined

    New research by University of New Mexico Sociologist Brian Soller discovered that profound health and developmental consequences can result from early romances. The consequences of being “caught in a bad romance” can be extreme, according to UNM Sociologist Brian Soller, who reveals that not being true to oneself in an early relationship can severely impact […] The post Girls’ Mental Health Suffers when Romance Unfolds Differently than Imagined appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Playing as a Family

    As the days grow longer and the temperatures warm, the spirited side of us comes alive. Bikers and hikers populate sidewalks. Baseballs and soccer balls fly between players. Picnic tables become a comfy place to play games. The arrival of spring ushers in another season of family play and recreation.  Nothing seems to rejuvenate us […] The post Playing as a Family appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • 5 Reasons Fertility Apps Cannot Replace a Natural Family Planning (NFP) Course

    Technology is amazing, isn’t it? Phone apps are making life so much more convenient. There are even apps that can take some of the pain out of recording and interpreting your NFP charts. Some couples, faced with the cost and rigor of going through an NFP course, might even be tempted to skip NFP instruction […] The post 5 Reasons Fertility Apps Cannot Replace a Natural Family Planning (NFP) Course appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]

  • Do Gender Differences Really Matter? In Medicine They Do.

    The issue of gender neutrality has taken center focus in many social and political circles of our everyday life. Described as the avoidance of distinguishing men from women – especially when it comes to the roles that they may fulfill – the gender neutrality movement has really caught on. But is that a good thing […] The post Do Gender Differences Really Matter? In Medicine They Do. appeared first on Catholic Life - The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. […]