From the Office of Marriage & Family
2019 Catholic Men's Conference
Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years
When we became parents, our entire universe shifted. What happened to the couple we were?  From Family Life
National Marriage Week Virtual Marriage Retreat
Sign up for this year's Virtual Marriage Retreat from
February 7 - 14. The theme is
Marriage: Made for A Reason .
Celebrate your marriage!
Did you know why we need to build a culture of strong marriages? Research clearly demonstrates that married adults  live longer lives, have better health , and experience greater personal happiness. Likewise, children who are raised by a married mother and father have  longer life expectancies , experience fewer addictions and teen pregnancies, and are more  likely to graduate college .
Asking Forgiveness From My Kids … Again
I yelled at my kids tonight.

It started before the mouthwash spilled all over the floor, my jeans, and my new shirt.

That I have an issue with anger and emotional control is not something I’ve kept secret. But it’s still painfully destructive in my own home: “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down” (Proverbs 14:1). From Family Life
Social Media and Mental Health
New findings published by The Lancet  suggests social media use may be associated with young people's mental health, specifically young girls.

United Kingdom researchers examined data on 10,904 14-year-olds born between 2000 and 2002 in the U.K. for the study, using a variety of regression and path models to find associations between social media use and depressive symptoms. From Abstinence Clearinghouse
Respect Life
Pope Francis’ Letter to Pontifical Academy for Life for 25th Anniversary
In Letter to Pontifical Academy for Life for 25th Anniversary, Appeals for Promoting and Protecting Human Life at Every Stage of its Development. From Zenit
How will you make Catholic voices count in 2019?
Minnesota's 2019 legislative session got underway on Tuesday, January 8th. Throughout session, we will keep you updated on what is happening at the Capitol and how you can make Catholic voices count at the Capitol. From Minnesota Catholic Conference
40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life
March 6 through April 13
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.
Opening Rally - Saturday, March 6th
Closing Rally - Saturday, April 13th

Both rally’s run from noon-2pm meeting at the site & then to St Augustine’s Catholic Church 
Movie: Unplanned
Coming out March 22-24
The true life story of  Abby Johnson and her journey from a Planned Parenthood director involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and a spokesperson fighting to enact legislation for the cause to the day she saw something that changed everything.

A FREE showing will be held on March 28 at 7pm  If you are interested in tickets, call KYES (320) 257-9700 or Birthline (320) 252-4150 in St Cloud
Natural Family Planning
8 Ways to support a woman after she’s had a miscarriage From Aleteia 
Capture the Romance!
This month we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day. Natural Family Planning (NFP) brings romance to married love! Couples naturally expand their repertoire of intimacy (in-to-me-see) while effectively planning the births of their children. Learn NFP to Capture the Romance!
A First Instruction in the Billings Ovulation Method will be offered in: 
  • Little Falls: Tuesday, February 5 & March 5 at 7:30 PM
  • Long Prairie: Monday, February 25 & March 25 at 7:00 PM 
  • Rice: Monday, February 4 & March 4 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Cloud: Thursday, February 28 & March 21 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Michael: Monday, February 11 & March 11 at 6:00 PM
  • Wadena: Friday, February 22 & March 22 at 5:30 PM
Letters to My Future Husband
“I started writing letters to my future husband when I was 13. Like most girls, I dreamed about what my future husband would be like... From Abstinence Clearinghouse
Puberty Presentation On-Line
Over the last 32 years, I have given talks to thousands of 5th grade students on the topic of "Puberty." Last Spring, anticipating my retirement, we taped my presentation. The videos are available on our web-site, along with accompanying resources for parents.
 We hope these will be helpful to you, your parents and students.
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 5 - 7, 2019
  • Luther Crest, Alexandria MN
  • Call (888) 565-0178 for more information or Click here.

Healing Hearts of Suicide Survivors - February 5
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
Retrouvaille Weekend

Retrouvaille weekend for couples struggling in their marriage. For more information, call 320-255-5314 or click here .
The next weekend is in Minneapolis begins February 15, 2019. 
  Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Worldwide Marriage Encounter For more information, call Brent & Tracy Chessen at 612-756-8720 or click here. The next weekend is February 8 in Buffalo, MN
Catholics at the Capitol February 19, 2019
Registration Deadline February 3rd
Want to make your Catholic voice heard at the Capitol?

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.
Go to right now to reserve your spot!
Save the Date
Women’s Lenten Retreat “DIGNITY OF WOMEN”
Seven Dolors Church
Albany, MN
March 16, 2019