Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM
Office of Family Life
Preparing for the Coming of the Christ Child
Advent is a great time for families to create some customs that help everyone prepare for the birth of the Christ child. Check out the resources at CatholicCulture.org, which include customs such as the Jesse Tree, the “O” Antiphons, and a host of other customs, family activities, prayers, and hymns.
World Meeting of Families
Philadelphia -- Sept. 22-30, 2015
The Diocese of New Ulm is planning to join the other dioceses of the state for a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families. We are in the planning stages of the pilgrimage and would like to hear from anyone who may have an interest in attending or finding out more information.
Contact Sr. Candace Fier, director of the Office of Family Life, at 507-233-5328, for information
Help Parents Embrace Their Call to Be the Domestic Church
As the world follows the Synod on the Family convening Oct 5-19 in Rome, consider promoting these free four minute video reflections with parents to help them understand and embrace their call to be a domestic church in the world.
· English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVhcaEEmDHo
· Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFvg7oCr2SI
These videos have discussion questions at the very end which invite parents to consider how they are living their faith and passing it on to their family at home during the week. These videos are produced by Outside Da Box and provided as a free resource thanks to funding by the ACTA Foundation for the Strong Catholic Family National Initiative aimed at helping the Church partner more closely with parents to bring home the faith.
Host the Catholic Parent Revival via the Live Stream Feed
The first ever Catholic Parent Revival (CPR) will occur live in San Antonio on December 6 from 11 am – 5 pm CT. This event will also be live streamed and parish leaders and parents are encouraged to host their own small groups to view and discuss with one another. A program book with notes for the host will be available as a free download by mid-November for those interested in hosting a live stream group. To register, sign up for a live stream feed (one per site is required) and use the promotional flyer, radio ads and bulletin announcements found at www.catholicparentrevival.org to help spread the word. Attendees will be treated to a day of inspiring speakers, moving music, and meaningful prayer as they breathe new life into the role that faith takes within their home, the domestic church.
Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program
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:
2015 Marriage Preparation Program Dates:
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.
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.
2015 Remarriage Preparation Program Dates:
March 14 (St. John Parish, Hector)
August 22 (St. Aloysius Jubilee Center, Olivia)
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.
Natural Family Planning
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).
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.
www.retrouvaille.org/dates/php or call 1-800-470-2230.
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.
For more information about the Church's teaching on marriage, check out the DNU Marriage Protection page: http://www.dnu.org/marriage-protection.html.
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.
Ethics Articles (Updated July 2, 2013)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Offices and Initiatives