Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM
Office of Family Life
The United States will celebrate Thanksgiving on November 28. As citizens, we give thanks for the blessings and gifts God has given us this year.
As Catholics, we give thanks to God for his gifts of creation, redemption, and sanctification, gifts by which he shares his life and love with us. We also think of the Eucharist, a Greek word which means "thanksgiving." In the Eucharist, we are united as one body, one family that shares the Body and Blood of Christ.
If you are looking for resources and activities to use with your family in preparation for this holiday, visit "The Catholic Toolbox" Web site.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
October is Respect Life Month. One way we can give witness to the dignity and respect for all human life is to participate in 40 Days for Life, a prayer vigil to end abortion. 40 Days for Life is currently in progress from September 25 to November 3, 2013 in Mankato, St. Cloud, Minneapolis-St. Paul and several other locations in Minnesota. Learn how you, your family, your Church or organization can join together in prayer, asking God’s help in healing our country from the devastation of abortion. For more information and details about participating go to: http://40daysforlife.com/about.cfm
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.
Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program
2014 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.
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. The program is conducted at St. John's Church in Hector.
2014 Remarriage Preparation Program Dates:
For further information contact: Catholic Pastoral Center, Family Life Office, 1400 6th St. N., New Ulm, MN 56073; (507) 359-2966.
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.
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