"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (Jn. 10:10)
"The family is the way of the Church." -Saint John Paul II
"It is in the family that peacemakers, tomorrow's promoters of a culture of life and love, are born and nurtured." -Pope Benedict XVI
"The Christian family...is the daily fabric of life, it is the journey of generations who pass on the faith together with love and with the basic moral values. " -Pope Francis
Bishop Rhoades will be celebrating an Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne on October 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM.
Register by Friday, October 6, 2017.
Bishop Rhoades will be celebrating an Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in South Bend on October 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM.
Register by Friday, October 13th, 2017
Ticketed receptions will follow both Masses. The Fort Wayne reception will be held at St. Mary’s Parish — only a couple of blocks from the Cathedral. In South Bend, it will be held at the St. Matthew School Gym. Anniversary couples will receive two free tickets to the reception. Additional tickets for family members may be purchased before the registration deadline for $10 each.
For those requesting extra tickets for the reception, please send your check by mail to:
1328 W. Dragoon Trail
Mishawaka, IN 46544
When you register, please include both of your names, your home address, phone number, your wedding date and the Mass you plan to attend.
Pope Francis reminds us that religious freedom is a fundamental human right, and is necessary for the Christian family to live its faith. Click here to learn more!
Click here for Theology of the Body teaching resources for teachers, DRE's and catechists.
The office provides programs in both English and Spanish in the following areas:
– Marriage and parenting, including talks, workshops, 25th & 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses and Diocesan Marriage & Family Conferences;
– Pro-life activities, including prayer, education, annual March for Life, public relations, and legislative advocacy in collaboration with the Indiana Catholic Conference and the USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities;
– Natural Family Planning (NFP) diocesan program, as well as promoting and supporting Creighton Model NFP consultants and practitioners of NaProTechnology (to assist those experiencing infertility);
– Education in human sexuality, including the First Comes Love program for 8th grade students and their parents, talks and classes on the Theology of the Body as well as training and ongoing support for teachers and catechists;
–Bioethical issues in consultation with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, including workshops for priests and pastoral ministers as well as personal consultation in dealing with specific cases.
–Marriage preparation, including Conferences for Engaged Couples as well as training and ongoing support for parish mentor couples and pastoral ministers;.
Please see the side bar links for more information.