TWO BY TWO NEWSLETTER February 2018
From the Office of Marriage & Family
Time to Register!!!
Catholic Women’s Conference

  Why the Pope was Right:
A Day of Reflection

Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Church of St. Anthony
2405 North 1 st  Street, St Cloud

Dr. Janet E. Smith, Ph.D  is   the author of  Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later  and of the  Right to Privacy.  She is serving a third term as a consulter to the Pontifical Council on the Family and serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Prof. Smith has appeared on many news shows plus various series on EWTN. More than 2 million copies of her talk, "Contraception: Why Not” have been distributed.  

Title of her talks:
  • “Why is Sex so Complicated?”
  • “Hormones R’ Us”
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Discounted Gift Certificate available for
Women's Conference until February 10th!

Give your Sweetheart a gift certificate to attend the Diocesan Catholic Women's Conference. Gift certificates are only $20 each! Reserve your certificate between now and February 10th by calling the Office of Marriage & Family at (320) 252-4721. Payment is via cash or check only. Certificates are transferable but non-refundable.
Marriage
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This article from Erin Wildermuth discusses the importance of finding a supportive spouse. She writes, "Though not a necessary prerequisite to success, a supportive, positive partnership brightens the path and smooths the road." Couples that support each other are more likely to take on more challenges and as a result, have more victories. Her article points to a study that had couples encourage each other to do some public speaking. The study showed that the couples who were more encouraging and enthusiastic were more likely to follow through with the public speaking. The supportive couples also reported more personal growth, happiness and psychological well-being than the couples who were not supportive. Marriage may not guarantee happiness or success, but marrying someone who is supportive and nurturing certainly plays an important role.  From Abstinence Clearinghouse
Challenging Engaged Couples in Today’s World

March 9
 from 7 to 8:30 pm
    Marriage Ministry Evenings - for Sponsor Couples, Priests/Deacons
 This special event will be held at St Anthony's Parish in St. Cloud, featuring Dr Janet Smith. Her topic for the evening is “Just Follow Your Conscience.” The presentation is free, open to the public and requires no registration.

Note: St. Anthony's Parish will host their Lenten Fish Fry in the Parish Center from 4 to 7 pm. Stations of the Cross begin at 6 pm. Please join us for these opportunities before Dr Smith presents.
Parenting
Parents as Primary Educators
Parents, talking with your children about purity doesn't have to be scary. Even if you didn't make the best decisions in the past, you can still speak truth in the lives of your children. Consider the following tips from our book Abstinence 101 on talking with your children:
  1. Treat sex education as a process. Educating children about sexual integrity is not a one-time lesson, but an ongoing process.
  2. Be honest. Many young people are looking for honest answers about what to do on dates, interacting with the opposite sex and how premarital sex can affect their future.
  3. Be a loving guide, not "just a friend." Parents need to be a mature voice of wisdom in their children's lives.
Read more from Abstinence 101 here. From Abstinence Clearinghouse
Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2018 / 03:29 pm ( CNA).- A national two-year study released this week offers a look at why young people are leaving the Church as early as age 13.

7 Mistakes to Let Your Kids See You Make
When we let our kids see our mistakes it gives them opportunities to learn, which may prevent them from making the same mistakes in the future. From All Pro Dad
Respect Life
Pro-Life Chair - Calendar 2018
The 2018 annual calendar for planning pro-Life activities in parishes is now available on-line. If you have a Pro-Life Chair or committee, this is the perfect tool for them, whether they have been meeting for years or are new to the pro-life movement.  
Beginning Rally
  • February 17, 2018
  • Noon to 2:00 pm
At the Vigil site with reception at St Augustine’s. The Knights of Columbus will lead prayer and singing. The program will include a report from the St John’s/St Ben’s Students for Life on their trip to the March for Life in Washington DC in January.

ENDING RALLY will be held on March 24 from Noon to 2:00 pm Vigil site, Reception at St Augustine’s
40 Days for Life
February 14 through March 25
Mon-Fri 7 am to 7 pm
The focus of this pro-life effort consists of:
  •  40 days of prayer & fasting
  •  40 days of peaceful vigil
  •  40 days of community outreach
You and your parishioners can help make a life-saving impact by joining our local vigil.  Many people are needed to maintain the peaceful prayer and vigil at the Planned Parenthood site on E St Germain in St Cloud.
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Want to make your Catholic voice heard at the Capitol?

Register today to join Catholics from across
Minnesota for Capitol 101.
  • February 26th,
  • March 16 th,
  • or April 17th.
Minnesota Catholics will be gathering at the State Capitol to learn about the issues impacting our faith and daily life. You’ll have the
chance to hear from and meet with legislators, pray with fellow Catholics, and get a window into the legislative process. These are opportunities for you to share your story and make your voice count. Preregistration is required for this free event and space is limited. A free-will offering will be accepted.
Project Rachel
is a ministry (assisting women and men through the healing process from the aftermath of abortion) is coordinated through the Office of Marriage & Family. In this Year of Mercy, women and men may be seeking this healing support. Contact Roxann Storms at 320-529-4616 for assistance. 
Natural Family Planning
Marital Love: Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful! 
Using Natural Family Planning will help you live God’s plan for your marriage. 
A First Instruction in the Billings Ovulation Method will be offed in:

A First Instruction in the Billings Ovulation Method will be offed in:
  • Little Falls: Tuesday, February 6 & March 6 at 7:30 PM
  • Long Prairie: Monday, February 26 & March 26 at 7:00 PM 
  • Rice: Monday, February 5 & March 5 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Cloud: Thursday, February 15 & Monday, March 19 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Michael: Monday, February 12 & March 12 at 6:00 PM
  • Wadena: Friday, February 23 & March 23 at 5:30 PM
Chastity
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Protecting Your Son From Aggressive Girls

We're seeing a surge in girls taking the initiative with guys at younger and younger ages, and aggressively attempting to lure them into sexual activity.
By Dennis Rainey 
CONNECT is only available in theaters February 27 and March 1. Click HERE to learn more and discover if CONNECT is available in a city near you!
Events
Healing Hearts of Suicide Survivors - February 6th
Healing Hearts is a support group that assists when a loved one has died by suicide, working through the complex emotions. With support and hope of other survivors, members of the group walk alongside each other "through" the grief. For more information contact Roxann at (320) 248-1563
Marriage Ministry Evening, Friday, March 9, 2018
Held at the Church of St. Anthony, 2405 N 1 st  Street, St. Cloud from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The toughest topic to discuss with youth and young adults is the Church’s teachings on contraception. Join Dr Janet Smith as she shares insights and wisdom about the beautiful teachings of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae. Her address is entitled, "Just Follow Your Conscience."
  Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Worldwide Marriage Encounter For more information, call Alan & Missy Block at 888-455-3496 or click here. The next weekend is Feb 9th in Buffalo, MN
Ash Wednesday and
Valentine's Day
February 14th
Retrouvaille Weekend
Retrouvaille weekend for couples struggling in their marriage. For more information, call 320-255-5314 or click here .
The next weekend in St. Cloud is Feb 16th. 
Married Couples Retreat at St John's
Feb 9-11, 2018  with Bernadette and Ed Dunn  
For more information, click her e or
call Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse 320-363-2573