TWO BY TWO NEWSLETTER
April 2018
From the Office of Marriage & Family
Marriage
"Made for Each Other" takes up many current questions about the meaning of marriage and answers them. Marriage is about a unique love that only a man and a woman as husband and wife--in their differences--can give to each other. Find out why. This video is part of "Marriage: Unique for a Reason" initiative.

From USCCB
Parenting
How To Survive Bringing Small Children To Mass
Children’s behavior during Mass is such a common topic in Catholic family circles! At the very least, those of us who struggle to manage our children’s behavior at Mass can know that we are not alone.
Are You Blessing Your Children?
By Alex and Stephen Kendrick
 
A parent can influence children to become who God created them to be—not by manipulation or force but by watering the seeds God has planted.

A Father's Influence
Fathers, you have more influence than you can imagine! No matter how old your little girl is, she still needs an example of a spiritual leader and a positive role model.
Respect Life
I Lived on Parker Ave - An Adoption Story
This fantastic pro-adoption film that was produced by a local organization in New Orleans.
The documentary is less than ½ hour long. Wonderful message of the gift of life! (Be sure to have tissues on hand when you watch!)
Catholics at the Capitol - Mini
Want to make your Catholic voice heard at the Capitol?

Register today to join Catholics from across
Minnesota for Capitol 101.
  • 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.
Natural Family Planning
2018 Humanae vitae Award Nominations
n ow Accepted !
Each year the Diocese of Saint Cloud presents the Humanae vitae Award to a person who has exhibited extraordinary courage in promoting the teachings of Humanae vitae.
 
Please submit your nominee by writing a descriptive essay (500 words or less) of his/her qualifications. Mail, fax, or e-mail nominations before May 14, 2018  
Happy Easter! Happy Spring! 
This time of year we celebrate new life! And we are increasingly aware of nature and God’s plan for us. Consider learning Natural Family Planning. It is a wonderful way for couples to cooperate with nature and God’s plan as they effectively achieve or avoid pregnancy.

A First Instruction in the Billings Ovulation Method will be offered in:  
  • Little Falls: Tuesday, April 3 & May 1 at 7:30 PM
  • Long Prairie: Monday, April 23 & May 21 at 7:00 PM 
  • Rice: Monday, April 2 & May 7 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Cloud: Thursday, April 19 & May 17 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Michael: Monday, April 9 & May 14 at 6:00 PM
  • Wadena: Friday, April 27 & May 25 at 5:30 PM
Chastity
The Dating Project
A few years ago, one of the most popular professors of Philosophy at Boston College, Kerry Cronin, noticed this decreased dating trend among her undergrad students. “And I thought, ‘Well, this is crazy.’ So I started asking students to go on what I refer to as ‘traditional dates’ as part of an extra-credit assignment.” However, the act of going on a date was more complicated than she thought. A combination of the prevalent “hook up” culture, as well as the preferred method of social interaction (texting) had all but obliterated skills of basic social interaction. And, so THE DATING PROJECT began, and her class quickly became one of the most popular courses at Boston College.

The Dating Project comes to cinemas nationwide on April 17, 2018, at 7 pm at Elk River 17, Elk River; Parkwood 18, Waite Park; and West Acres 14, Fargo . This special one-night event features an exclusive deep-dive discussion with Dating Project brainchild Professor Kerry Cronin of Boston College. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
Events
Beginning Experience
Beginning Experience (B.E.) is a Catholic based weekend program for adults grieving the loss of a relationship due to separation, death or divorce.

  • April 6th weekend
  • Luther Crest, Alexandria MN
  • Call (888) 565-0178 for more information or Click here.
Healing Hearts of Suicide Survivors - April 3rd
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
  Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Worldwide Marriage Encounter For more information, call Alan & Missy Block at 888-455-3496 or click here. The next weekend is April 13th in Baxter, MN
Retrouvaille Weekend
Retrouvaille weekend for couples struggling in their marriage. For more information, call 320-255-5314 or click here .
The next weekend in Eagan is April 6th.