Office of
Marriage & Family
January to June 2019 for Priests and Deacons
Our mission: To assist families in living a Christ-centered life in accord with Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality, marriage and responsible parenthood
Marriage Preparation 
2 019 Marriage Preparation Course Dates

Dates, Locations, costs and contact information for ALL approved marriage preparation courses in Minnesota are available on our website.

Couples are encouraged to take the Marriage Course early in the marriage preparation process - even up to a year before their wedding.

Deanery Marriage Courses
  • Sauk Centre (Mar 9/10)
  • Perham (March 8 & 9)
Second & Hispanic Marriage Courses

Second Marriage Preparation Course
when one or both are preparing to marry after the death of a spouse or annulment. 
Cost $175 per couple. 
  • March 23, 2019
  • October 12, 2019

Hispanic Marriage Preparation Course
Cost is $110 per couple
  • March 30, 2019
  • November 9, 2019
  • (8 am to 5 pm)

Registration is required at least 2 weeks prior to the course. All courses are held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 305 N 7th Ave, St Cloud
Sponsor Couple Training
January 26, 2019 and
October 5, 2019
9 am to 4 pm
Pastoral Center, St Cloud
Cost is $110 per couple

Registration for couples (names, address, phone number, parish and email) should be submitted at least one week prior to the training.
Honoring Marriage Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019
For couples celebrating their 5th, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60 plus anniversaries in 2019. Send list by January 18th. (Excel spread-sheets with names, addresses, and number of years married are preferred.)
January 18, 2019

Weekend for couples struggling in their marriage. For more information, click below or call 320-255-5314 .
Catholic Men's Conference
Men of Integrity: Mentoring Disciples

February 23, 2019

Keynote Speaker: 
Deacon Ralph Poyo

Sacred Heart Parish
Sauk Rapids
Please take a moment to promote the conference. This is a perfect opportunity to help men learn more about their faith and how to put it in practice. Contact the Office of Marriage & Family for brochures and flyers.
Note to Priests

We are in need of priests to hear confessions at the Men’s Conference.

Confessions will be in Worship Space from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. As a volunteer you are invited to attend the entire conference at no cost. Before hearing confessions, lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 

To have an accurate count for the conference and lunch, email Janet directly at by February 1st.
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. We are in process of editing the videos and making them available on our web-site, along with accompanying resources for parents. The project is scheduled for completion by January 11. We hope these will be helpful to you, your parents and students.
Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
is an important tool that helps married couples exercise responsible parenthood and honor God's plan for married love. Invite your engaged and married couples to learn NFP at the locations below. For additional i nformation or resources, visit the NFP website or email Sheila Reineke  or call 320-252-4721 

2019 NFP Instruction Sites
for the Billings Ovulation Method:
  • Breckenridge: St. Francis Healthcare Campus
  • Cold Spring: St. Boniface Church (English/Spanish)
  • Fergus Falls: Our Lady of Victory Church
  • Glenwood: Sacred Heart Church
  • Little Falls: St. Gabriel’s Hospital
  • Long Prairie: St. Mary of Mt. Carmel (English/Spanish)
  • Morris: Steven’s Community Medical Center
  • Osakis: St. Agnes School
  • Pelican Rapids: St. Leonard Church (English/Spanish)
  • Randall: St. James Church
  • Rice: Immaculate Conception Church
  • St. Cloud: Pastoral Center (English/Spanish
  • St. Michael: St. Michael’s Church
  • Sauk Centre: CentraCare Health-Sauk Centre Hospita(English/Spanish)
  • Wadena: St. Ann Church
Baptism Preparation Lullaby CD
Baptismal preparation is an excellent opportunity to discuss the topics of parenting and marriage with a couple. It may also be a time when married couples examine their choices in family planning. The Lullaby CD packet is a gift you can give the couple which includes a beautiful arrangement of lullabies and a short booklet on Natural Family Planning. The packets are available at “no charge” from the Office of Marriage & Family.  
Respect Life
Vespers for Life & March for Life
Sunday, January 20: Vespers for Life
St. Anthony’s Church
2405 North 1st St., St. Cloud. 

3:30 pm Rosary for Life
4:00 pm Vespers - Bishop Donald Kettler presiding. 
MARCH FOR LIFE Join us on the bus for a Prayer Service and the March for Life on January 22nd at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The bus will leave after the 7:15 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Parish parking lot in St. Cloud picking up in Foley and Clearwater and will return at approximately 3:00 p.m. A free-will offering will be accepted to help defer the cost of the bus.

To reserve a space for the bus ride, register on line, click below or contact the Office of Marriage & Family at 320-252-4721
For flyer of the event,  click here.
Pro-Life Chair - Calendar 2019
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.  
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.
Movie: Unplanned
Coming Spring 2019
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.
2019 Respect Life Poster
Download and hang in your window!
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. 
Catholics at the Capitol
February 19, 2019

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.
Safe Haven Sunday
March 2/3, 2019 -  a weekend set aside by the dioceses and parishes in Minnesota to directly address the harms of pornography in an appropriate way.

Within the context of the Mass, dioceses and parishes are able to provide teaching and resources that will support and protect individuals, marriages and families in making all homes a safe haven.
Orders for materials is needed ASAP
To order resources in bulk save postage, we need your orders ASAP 

  • The book, Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture ($2 each)

  • The pamphlet, Raising Chaste Children from the USCCB (received discount of 25 cents each) 

Fully Engaged Price Increase Jan. 15, 2019
Since we launched Fully Engaged in 2011, we have not increased our prices for scoring or materials. We understand how tight budgets are and we want to keep our materials as affordable as possible.
If you are having your couples take the inventory on-line OR if someone in your parish is entering in the couple's answers, there is No increase .
However, if you send your inventories to our office via e-mail, FAX or USPS, and we enter the data in for you, the cost of scoring will increase from $8 to $10 per couple .
Other Upcoming Events

First Tuesday of Each month
Healing Hearts of Suicide Survivors
When a loved one has died by suicide, a group to work through the complex emotions with support and hope of other survivors who will walk alongside "through" the grief. For more information contact Roxann at (320) 248-1563

Beginning Experience
A Catholic based weekend program for adults grieving the loss of a relationship due to separation, death or divorce. For more information, call (888) 565-0178 or click here to visit their website.

April 29
EnCourage Meeting
A ministry dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children and other relatives and friends of persons who struggle with same-sex attraction. For more information, contact Patrick at (320) 252-4721.
Call us (320) 252-4721