"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
Come Celebrate National Marriage Week next month with a special event for couples on Saturday, February 9th. "Mission Possible: Healthy Mariages" will be held at St. Augustine parish community hall from 3PM - 7PM. It will feature three presentations by Andrew and Terri Lyke, authors of Marriage on a Lampstand, followed by a candlelight dinner. Cost is $20 per couple. To register, send your names and contact information to Deacon Mel Tardy at email@example.com by January 31st. Sponsored by the Black Catholic Advisory Board and diocesan Marriage and Family Ministry. Please click here for an informational flyer.
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
For a flyer with 2019 Marriage Preparation Dates please click hereFor 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
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.
What are you doing for your marriage? Read inspiring stories, book reviews and more at www.foryourmarriage.org
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 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.