Office for Family Life

The Office for 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

Why Get Married in the Catholic Church?
That’s a question that has increasing relevance
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Marriage and Family

Marriage Retreats for Engaged Couples

A list of the retreats offered in our diocese.

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Men's Ministry

Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad-to-be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, there is something for you.

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Women's Ministry

The desire for community – Bringing together women of all ages and stages of spiritual maturity

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FOCCUS Marriage Ministries

A comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by lay individuals, couples or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage.

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Youth & Young Adult Ministry


Are you or someone you know in a struggling marriage?


Divorce is difficult and messy. When a Roman Catholic experiences divorce, there is much confusion, from receiving communion to an understanding of the annulment process, the Catholic Church’s views on dating, and certainly the issue of remarriage. Catholic women and men struggle to find support and healing from divorce. Hopefully this site provides needed support. Learn More >>

End of Life

In this third millennium, our society is blessed by advances in science and technology. This is especially true in the area of medicine and health care. Medical science presents a vast array of treatments and procedures that offer both cure and care to those who suffer from illness and infirmity. At the same time, these medical procedures present individuals and their families with agonizing questions regarding the use of this technology to sustain human life. In a culture and society where an estimated 75–80% of us will die in some kind of institutional setting, we are all likely to face difficult decisions regarding treatment and care at the end of life.


Theology of the Body Unlocks the Meaning of Our Humanity


Congratulations!  As a parent, God has entrusted the well-being of your children to you. He has called you to be the first and the most important person in the life of your children. You are the ‘primary educator; with three main duties:

  1. Create a family atmosphere animated with love and reverence for God and others so that each child becomes personally and spiritually well-rounded.
  2. Develop a strong and lasting bond of trust with each child so that each one will become emotionally and socially mature.
  3. Set godly standards and expectations for each child so that each one will develop moral character.

Pornography is extremely addictive and damaging to a person’s ability to give and receive love.  This page has some valuable resources.

Same Sex Attraction

This web page contains a collection of on-line articles, videos, websites, books and frequently asked questions that provide a clearer understanding of Catholic Church teaching in reference to same sex attraction. The resources focus on such foundational topics as human dignity, friendship, chastity, pastoral care, marriage, same sex attraction and the effects of living a homosexual lifestyle and are meant to be explored collectively. The suggested audience is found under each resource. 

Grief Ministry

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Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • Marriage as a path to holinessMarriage as a path to holiness
    “Never go to bed angry. Make sure you spend time together. Make sure you pray together.” Newlyweds hear these adages time and time again and, while they seem trivial, they hold wisdom. Derek and Faythe Weinmann have taken these words to heart. Having been married just shy of two years,… Read more »
  • A Pastor’s Reflection on the Sacrament of Holy MatrimonyA Pastor’s Reflection on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
    Once, when I came to a new parish, I noticed there were two antennas on the roof. They fell in love and asked me to do the wedding. I agreed. While the ceremony didn’t go well, the reception was great! Usually around Christmas or New Year’s, I see a young… Read more »
  • Our Natural Family Planning Faith JourneyOur Natural Family Planning Faith Journey
    After our engagement, we met with our pastor and reviewed what we needed to do before our wedding in June of 2001. We completed the preparation requirements several months before our marriage; we took the Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study (FOCCUS) survey, met with a sponsor couple and… Read more »
  • Where happiness is foundWhere happiness is found
    Ian and Kayla Leavitt of Holy Family Parish in Arcadia met in 2011 during their freshman year of college at UW-Stout. Ian had been recruited to play football, and one of the team’s responsibilities was to help move freshmen into the dorms. To make the task more exciting, Ian and… Read more »
  • A Little Push to Big AdventuresA Little Push to Big Adventures
    Austin and Jenna start their lives together, grounded in the Catholic Faith. Austin and Jenna Carlson of St. Joachim Parish in Pittsville have known one another since kindergarten. “I remember the first day I met her,” says Austin. “We have all these snippets of memories growing up, like third grade… Read more »

Contact Information

Office for Family Life/NFP
Phone: 608.791.2658

Chris Rogers, Director

Beth Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Christy Kitzhaber
Natural Family Planning Coordinator