TWO BY TWO NEWSLETTER June 2017
From the Office of Marriage & Family
Fortnight for Freedom
Marriage
   Failure to Launch isn't just a movie starring Matthew McConaughey. It's a real-life scenario featuring millions of young Americans, new Census data tells us. Saddled with massive student loans and the high costs of living, more Millennials are living at home than ever before. In fact, the agency says, "There are now more young people [aged 18-34] living at home than in any other arrangement." What's more, the study goes on, "almost nine in 10 young people who were living in their parents' home a year ago are still living there today, making it the most stable living arrangement." Article from The Family Research Council.
Four Lies Porn Uses to Keep You in Bondage
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   "I have found that recognizing some of the many lies porn tries to sell me has grown in my heart a deep distaste for it - mostly because I've come to recognize how much porn detests me," said author and speaker Michael Johnson in a recent article by Covenant Eyes.    Here are four of Johnson's 21 lies that pornography uses to keep individuals in bondage:
  • Porn says, "Let me take your mind off all of that," as it takes over your mind.
  • Porn says, "I think we're alone now." But by "we" it means just you.
  • Porn says, "Give yourself a break," as it breaks you.
  • Porn says, "Just live in the moment," but afterward you're deleting your history and then desiring your next hit.  
Johnson encourages readers, "Don't be fooled by porn. It's lying to you... as you can see there is a method to its madness. Which means you need a method to your sanity."    Click HERE to read the full article and discover how you can live a life of freedom and integrity.  Posted on Abstinence Clearinghouse    
Parenting
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  How to Get Your Kids to Obey Right Away

I have to admit I have been the king of repeating instructions to my kids. There was a time where I rarely gave them one instruction. Not to make light of anyone who stutters, but you’d almost think I had a stuttering problem. “Go get your shoes on…go get your shoes on.” It’s like I’m saying repeatedly, “Obey your parents” to deaf ears. Article from All Pro-Dad
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Just Give Your Son the Roadmap to Manhood

5 Essentials for Raising a Teenage Boy by Mike McCormick

 Coming-of-age stories are some of the oldest and most beloved tales in human history—from ancient mythologies to classical literature to Hollywood blockbusters. Most of them tell of a young man’s journey to manhood and how a guru comes alongside him and shows him a new way. The story pattern is always the same and never grows old: the young man resists his initial training from his master, he struggles to find his inner resolve, and then ventures out to put his new-found strength to the test. Article from National Center for Fathering

Anti-Teen Suicide Campaign: 13 Reasons Why Not
  The Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why has contributed to nationwide debates as many individuals have voiced concern over whether the show promotes teen suicide.    When the Academic Dean of Oxford High School, Pam Fine, discovered the show was working on a second season, she proposed the Michigan school release a counter campaign called 13 Reasons Why Not.   According to Assistant Superintendent Denise Sweat, the program is meant to address the issues of bullying and suicide in the school district, which is still coping with the loss of student Megan Abbott who committed suicide in 2013 just weeks before the end of the school year.   The 13 Reasons Why Not campaign, created by Oxford High School staffers and the Bully Buster leadership class, began May 1. Within the first week, according to an article by ABC, 1,800 students heard stories about body shaming, poverty, being told to kill themselves, feeling unwanted, trouble at home and more.    Click HERE to read more about the 13 Reasons Why Not campaign.  
Respect Life
The Patients Rights Action Fund (PRAF) has released a new video "Physician Assisted Suicide: The Real Effects." Featuring Dr. Brian Callister of Nevada, it addresses one of the most compelling dangers of legalizing assisted suicide - the denial of life-extending/-saving care & the concurrent "offer" to cover the cost of lethal drugs for suicide. His experience is disturbing--and should be made known far & wide.
From Krista Hawkins - Students for Life
After months of delays, Planned Parenthood finally released their 2015-2016 Annual Report. Planned Parenthood aborted more preborn babies last year (328,348) than it did the year before (323,999).  Every single day, 897 little boys and girls have their lives ended at the hands of Planned Parenthood abortionists. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood performed 19,843 fewer breast exams and pap tests than they did during their 2014-2015 fiscal year.  - Just thought you would want to know...
Natural Family Planning
All Natural! Natural Family Planning: Good for the Body, Great for the Soul!
  Learn about the benefits of NFP as you plan your family in harmony with nature and God’s plan for married love.  NFP is effective, wholesome, and healthy!   A First Instruction in the Billings Ovulation Method will be offered in:
  • Little Falls: Tuesday, June 6 & July 11 at 7:30 PM
  • Long Prairie: Monday, June 26 & July 24 at 7:00 PM
  • Rice: Monday, June 5 & July 3 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Cloud: Thursday, June 22 & Monday, July 17 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Michael: Tuesday, June 6 & July 11 at 7:30 PM
  • Wadena: Friday, June 23 & July 28 at 5:30 PM  
Humanae vitae Mass & Award Reception
Humanae vitae Mass and Award Reception July 27, 2017 Mark your calendars! The Diocese of Saint Cloud will commemorate the 49th Anniversary of Humanae vitae on Thursday, July 27th, 2017. The celebration will begin with Mass at Saint Mary's Cathedral Crypt at 7:00 p.m. with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding. The Humanae vitae Award Reception will follow Mass. The recipient(s) of the 2017 Humanae Vitae Award will be selected on June 8.
Or contact Sheila Reineke sreineke@gw.stcdio.org / 320-252-4721
Chastity
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  Over-the-Counter A team of pediatric, adolescent and women’s health experts believes that regulatory, behavioral and scientific evidence supports switching oral contraceptives from prescription-only status to over-the-counter (OTC) availability.

“Decades of research show that a majority of adolescents initiate sex before the age of 18 and that earlier use of contraception reduces the risk of teen pregnancy. Our review strongly suggests that giving teens easier access to various contraceptives will not lead to more sex but would result in fewer unwanted pregnancies,” says Krishna Upadhya, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the paper’s lead author.

The study, published March 14 in the Journal of Adolescent Healthy, fails to address the high probability that young adults just beginning puberty would have access to contraceptives without being provided information about the consequences of the drug by a physician. Likewise, it would do a large disservice to youth and parents acting as the primary educators of their children. Furthermore, easy access to synthetic hormones will not solve teen pregnancy it will simply serve to cover the overarching issue of unintended pregnancy.

Events
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June 15
DCCW Fun, Food & Fund Day at St Ann's, Wadena - For information, call 218-445-5395

June 18
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

June 21
Fortnight for Freedom  June 21 through July 4

June 22
EnCourage Meeting - 7 pm Pastoral Center St Cloud - support group for parents of adult children struggling with same-sex attraction
                
June 26 
Fortnight for Freedom Holy Hour at 7 pm at St Mary's Cathedral, St Cloud

July 27
Humanae vitae Mass & Award Reception at 7 pm St Mary's Cathedral, St Cloud

August 4
Retrouvaille weekend - Weekend for couples struggling in their marriage. For more information, call 651-464-5855 or click here