July 2018
From the Office of Marriage & Family
Independence Day
4th of July
Prayer for Independence Day
God, source of all freedom,
this day is bright with the memory of those
who declared life and liberty are your gift to every human being.
Help us to continue a good work begun long ago.
Make our vision clear and our will strong:
that only in human solidarity will we find liberty,
and justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth.
Turn our hearts toward the family of nations:
to understand the ways of others, to offer friendship,
and to find safety only in the common good of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
– from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers
2018 Humanae vitae Mass & Award Reception
July 26, 2018
 Join us for the annual Humanae vitae Mass and Award Reception on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at Saint Mary’s Church in Little Falls. We will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Humanae vitae! Mass will begin at 7:00 PM with Bishop Donald Kettler, our presider. A reception will follow Mass, with the presentation of the 2018 Humanae vitae Award to Catherine Bahmer.  We hope you will join us!
How to Pray With Your Spouse:
Four Simple Steps
Ever wonder how to pray more intimately with your husband? Wish you were spiritually closer to your wife? Couples can learn a great deal from the Mass about how to pray together as husband and wife and how to deepen their intimacy at the same time.
By Janel Breitenstein
A list for those who—like me—struggle with overcommitting and overworking.
Real Men Are Warriors Who Protect
By Dennis Rainey
 You can’t fight every battle, but you can get involved when opportunities come your way.  From Family Life
P reparing Your Teen for LGBT Discussions
Five steps to prepare them to withstand peer pressure, stand with the truth, and display the love of Christ. From Family Life

Note: This comes from an Evangelical perspective, but offers some great tips .
Respect Life
Defending Our First Freedoms
 By Chelsy Gomez
 The Supreme Court recently issued its ruling in NIFLA v. Becerra holding that pro-life pregnancy centers are likely to succeed in their challenge to a California law that forced them to advertise and refer for abortion. The Court held that the centers were entitled to a preliminary injunction halting the law's enforcement.
Natural Family Planning
Celebrate Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week July 22-28, 2018!
Plan now to celebrate NFP Week. This year’s theme is, “ Generations of Love, Humanae vitae (1968-2018) Natural Family Planning, Celebrate God's Gift of Married Love! ” A colorful poster and other online resources, click here . This is a great time to learn about NFP and God's plan for married love.
A First Instruction in the Billings Ovulation Method will be offered in: 
  • Little Falls: Tuesday, July 10 & August 7 at 7:30 PM
  • Long Prairie: Monday, July 23 & August 27 at 7:00 PM 
  • Rice: Monday, July 9 & August 6 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Cloud: Monday, July 16 & Thursday, August 16 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Michael: Monday, July 9 & August 13 at 6:00 PM
  • Wadena: Friday, July 27 & August 24 at 5:30 PM
Congratulations Catherine Bahmer!   
      Humanae vitae Mass & Award Reception
July 26, 2018!
Style and beauty YouTuber Courtney McCalmont recently released a video on her channel affirming and encouraging young women to wait to have sex until marriage. Courtney is a 21-year-old from Pennsylvania who says she wanted to make the video for "the girl out there who wants to wait until marriage but in this day and age with pop culture and with television and music out there, and everything she's seeing on social media, she just doesn't think that it's possible."
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.

  • October 12 - October 14, 2018
  • Luther Crest, Alexandria MN
  • Call (888) 565-0178 for more information or Click here.
Healing Hearts of Suicide Survivors - July 10th
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 Brent & Tracy Chessen at 612-756-8720 or click here. The next weekend is July 13th in Buffalo, 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 August 3, 2018.