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Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM

Director



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Office of Family Life

Office Description:
The Office of Family Life helps the faithful of the Diocese of New Ulm to know, love, and serve God by promoting marriage and family life according to the teachings of the Catholic Church and by a diocesan-wide educational approach to Natural Family Planning (NFP), the Theology of the Body, chastity education, and ethics and morality.

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"Death and Dying: Our Journey toward Resurrection"

Diocesan Ethics Conference

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Where: Church of St. Mary, New Ulm

Schedule:

Mass with Bishop LeVoir at 8 a.m.

Registration to follow. Conference concludes at 4 p.m.

The conference will focus on end-of-life issues in the context of Church teaching and our current health care environment. It will include the following topics: the meaning of human suffering; the work of our bishops and the Minnesota Catholic Conference to promote the dignity of the human person specifically related to end of life; ethical concerns related to our current health care laws and resources; the role of community resource such as counseling, health care directives, and hospice.

Contact Janelle Boyum in the Office of Family Life at 507-359-2966 to register.

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Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program


The Marriage Preparation Program is a full-day Saturday program (8:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.) conducted with the help of married couples at the St. Aloysius Jubilee Center in Olivia. It is designed specifically for engaged couples and is an opportunity for them to explore and strengthen their relationship.

The program complements preparation efforts at the parish level and addresses key aspects of married life: commitment and sacramental marriage, communication—including intimacy and sexuality issues, conflict—including gender/personality issues and addictions, children—including natural family planning and parenting, career—including financial planning and work/leisure issues, and church—including interchurch, interfaith, and spirituality issues.


2014 Marriage Preparation Program Dates:

September 13

2015 Marriage Preparation Program Dates:

January 31

February 21

February 28

March 21

April 11

September 12

Marriage Preparation Registration Form 2014

For further information contact: Catholic Pastoral Center, Family Life Office, 1400 6th St. N., New Ulm, MN 56073; (507) 359-2966.

Check back soon for a Marriage Preparation Registration Form for 2014.

Remarriage Preparation

The Remarriage Preparation Program is designed for couples in these situations: one or both are divorced and the annulment process has been completed; one or both are widowed or already in a second marriage and desire to have their marriage validated in the Church.

In addition to topics covered in the regular marriage preparation program, the remarriage preparation program considers topics such as step-parenting and blending families, relating with a partner's former spouse and in-laws, and grieving issues related to divorce or death of a former spouse.

2014 Remarriage Preparation Program Dates:

August 23

2015 Remarriage Preparation Program Dates:

March 14 (St. John Parish, Hector)

August 22 (St. Aloysius Jubilee Center, Olivia)


Remarriage Preparation Registration Form 2014

For further information contact: Catholic Pastoral Center, Family Life Office, 1400 6th St. N., New Ulm, MN 56073; (507) 359-2966.

Check back soon for a Remarriage Preparation Registration Form for 2015.

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Natural Family Planning

List of NFP physicians, practitioners, and trainers in the Diocese of New Ulm.

Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is an umbrella term for methods that allow a couple to achieve or avoid a pregnancy by monitoring the wife's fertility.

There are many different programs that provide methods of NFP. Each program teaches either the ovulation method or the sympto-thermal method. Each is a safe, natural, and reliable way of timing pregnancy.

In the Diocese of New Ulm, both NFP methods are being taught with three programs represented: FertilityCare (ovulation), NFP International (sympto-thermal), and Couple to Couple League (sympto-thermal).

  • For a list of NFP physicians, practitioners, and trainers in the Diocese of New Ulm, click here.
  • For more information on what NFP is, check out the July 2012 issue of "The Prairie Catholic," page 10.
  • For more information on NFP and the programs in the diocese, contact Sr. Candace Fier, 507-359-2966.

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Other Programs

Marriage Encounter

A program for married couples who want to strengthen their marriage. For more information about program dates in Minnesota and the Dakotas, visit www.wwmesection8.org/cgi-bin/wwme-eekends.cgi

or call 507-644-3523  for regional opportunities.


Retrouvaille
A program for couples considering separation or divorce. To find a Retrouvaille Program in your area, visit

www.retrouvaille.org/dates/php or call 1-800-470-2230.

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Promoting Marriage and Family Life

Do your part to promote the authentic definition of marriage. Get informed by reading the following talking points about (1) the Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 and (2) the authentic meaning of marriage.

(1) Talking Points - Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8

(2) Talking Points - Authentic meaning of marriage

For more information about the Church's teaching on marriage, check out the DNU Marriage Protection page: http://www.dnu.org/marriage-protection.html.

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Questions and Answers about Girl Scouts of the USA

and about Catholic Scouting

The USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth has been in dialogue with the Girl Scouts of the USA over the last year. In recent years, key questions were raised by parents and Catholic leaders concerning GSUSA, which led to questions about Catholic participation in Girl Scouts.

The purpose of the dialogue is to provide information and further mutual understanding in order to offer guidance to bishops, leaders, and parents. Resources are provided below.

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Resources

Ethics Articles (Updated July 2, 2013)

List of resources

  • Documents, Web sites, and other information on social concerns, Catholic social teaching, marriage and the family, and pro-life issues.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Offices and Initiatives

For Your Marriage

  • An initiative of the USCCB


 

Marriage: Unique for a Reason

  • An initiative of the USCCB

USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth


USCCB Pro-Life Activities

USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development

Other Resources

Minnesota Catholic Conference


Catholic Charities USA


Diocese of New Ulm


 
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