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Marriage & Family Ministry

"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


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An Encounter with the Beloved
Diocesan Retreat for Married Couples
April 27-28, 2019
Lindenwood Retreat Center

“What are you discussing as you go on your way?” The question Christ put to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is the same questions he puts to married couples today. Life gets so busy and it is easy to settle for relating to God and to each other in a superficial way. If you’d like to deepen your relationship with each other and with Christ, consider attending this annual diocesan retreat for married couples given by Deacon Fred and Lisa Everett, who have been married for over thirty years and who have worked together in marriage and family ministry for more than three decades. The retreat will help couples look at where they have been, where they are now, and where God is leading them. Cost is $195 per couple, and includes overnight accommodations and all meals.
For more information and registration, 
please click here.  
For questions, contact Lisa Everett at (574) 234-0687 or at 
leverett@diocesefwsb.org  



On Saturday, March 23rd ava's grace will hold a retreat for couples who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss at the Sacred Heart Parish Center at Notre Dame.  For more information, please click here.  


2019 Marriage Preparation Dates

Click here for more information and to register. 

For a flyer with 2019 Marriage Preparation Dates please click here 

For 2019 Engaged Couple Conferences in Spanish, please follow the link below.

Para las fechas de las Conferencias Prematrimoniales en 2019 haga clic aqui 


Natural Family Planning

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Humane Vitae 50 Years Later: Was the Church Right About Contraception?

Click here for Today's Catholic article series by Lisa Everett  


What does Jesus' cross have to do with your Marriage? Click below for a great talk by Dr. Mary O'Callaghan at our recent Symposium on Marriage and the Family.

Building a Christ-Centered Home: Self-Giving as Foundation 


What are you doing for your marriage? Read inspiring stories, book reviews and more at  www.foryourmarriage.org 


Religious Freedom











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!


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Click here for Theology of the Body teaching resources  for teachers, DRE's and catechists.

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What do we do?

Marriage and Family Ministry  assists Bishop Kevin Rhoades in his pastoral care of marriage and the family and in his promotion of a culture of life from conception to natural death. 

The ministry 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) resources, 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.





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