May 2018
From the Office of Marriage & Family
Happy Mother's Day, May 13th
Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless our mother. Let the example of her faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, her family, may honor her always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen.
From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers, 2007 Edition, USCCB
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  
"This is my commandment, 'Love one another as I have loved you.' No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." 
- John 15:12-13
Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for the example You have given us in being obedient to the will of God. Help me to place God as the greatest purpose in my life and teach me how to being my family closer to you. Amen.
Tonight, eat dinner as a family. Allow each person around the table to pray to God in thanksgiving for something they are thankful for. Right now, say a prayer of protection for each person in your family.

EXAMPLE: "May the shed blood of Jesus Christ wash over me, my spouse and my children. May You keep us safe and protected from all evil. Amen." From WWW.THEALEXANDERHOUSE.ORG
6 No-Nos for Relating to Your Woman
By Mary May Larmoyeux
If you want to understand and love your wife, here are some things you should never do. From Family Life
10 APPS Parents Need to Know
Parents Today Say Their Job Is Harder Than Ever
B y Scott Williams 
Many parents today feel overwhelmed by the pace at which technology is changing the American home. From Family Life
Free Webinar for Parents on Kids and Porn
A free, one-hour webinar titled the "Conversation," enabling parents and children to discuss the issue of pornography, will be offered online in two sessions May 15 and 22.
The Words of a Father
"There is something special and powerful about the words that are spoken between a father and his children," JT Waresak wrote in a Focus on the Family  article . "Children and teens crave and need affirmation from both their parents," Waresak continued. "If not received and known, our sons will often withdraw within themselves, while our daughters will seek a man's affection and approval elsewhere." Posted by Abstinence Clearinghouse
Respect Life
Fortnight for Freedom
Monday, June 25th, 7 pm
St Mary's Cathedral
Please join us for a holy hour at St Mary's Cathedral to pray for religious freedom in our country and in the world. Bishop Donald Kettler will preside at this time of prayer.
Choose Life License Plates in Minnesota?
Russ Amerling from the Choose Life License Plate Organization is coming to St. Cloud, Minnesota to speak to anyone interested in becoming part of a team to “Bring the Choose Life Plate to My State” campaign. This informative meeting will cover the process of how to make the plate a reality in Minnesota and will take place:
May 15 th - 7:00 pm
St. Cloud Library in the Bremer Room (#104)
        In the majority of the 32 states that currently offer the Choose Life Plate, funds raised are used for life-affirming pregnancy care centers, which provide services for mothers with unexpected pregnancies and encourage LIFE. Join us!
Alfie Evans - Rest in Peace
Pope Francis said after learning of Alfie's death: "I am deeply moved by the death of little Alfie. Today I pray especially for his parents, as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace." May we join Pope Francis in prayers for the dignity of all human life.
Natural Family Planning
It’s time! Say “Yes” to God’s plan for married love
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, May 1 & June 5 at 7:30 PM
  • Long Prairie: Monday, May 21 & June 25 at 7:00 PM 
  • Rice: Monday, May 7 & June 4 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Cloud: Thursday, May 17 & Monday, June 18 at 6:30 PM
  • St. Michael: Monday, May 14 & June 11 at 6:00 PM
  • Wadena: Friday, May 25 & June 22 at 5:30 PM
9 Reasons Catholics oppose contraception
The Church has principled reasons for opposing contraception. We also have emotional ones. From Aleteia
More than 70% of couples in the United States cohabitate before marriage despite research confirming that living together before marriage increases the chance of divorce, leads to less satisfaction and poor communication in marriage, and increases levels of domestic violence.
But why? In Chastity Projects recent article, Let's Move In Together , author Megan Finegan debunks three main arguments for cohabitation including:
  1. Living together is the best way to know who someone truly is before you get married. Otherwise, you don't know what you're going to get.
  2. Living together is the best way to know if your living styles are compatible. 
  3. 3.  Living together shows that you are committed to the relationship and leads to a stronger marriage.
Reported in Abstinence Clearinghouse
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 - May 1st
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 weekends are
May 4th or 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 Jun 1, 2018 .  
Memorial Day,
May 28
a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered