Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM
Office of Family Life
Open Your Hearts to Life!
October is Respect Life Month
Respect Life Sunday will be Oct. 5, 2014. Along with the Respect Life packets that were mailed to parishes, there is a host of resources available to use throughout the month at the USCCB Web site:
In addition, click here for Prayers of the Faithful to use at Mass.
"Death and Dying: Our Journey toward Resurrection"
Diocesan Ethics Conference
Click here for a registration form (you can fill it out on the computer and print it out)
Click here to download the flyer.
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: Church of St. Mary, New Ulm
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 507-233-5319 to register.
World Meeting of Families
Philadelphia -- Sept. 22-30, 2015
Questions? Want to attend? Contact Sr. Candace Fier, director of the Office of Family Life, at 507-233-5328.
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