Bishop Johnston at Divine Mercy Sunday celebration Our Lady of Good Counsel

The Family Life Office works to promote healthy, happy, and holy family life.  We support parishes in the areas of marriage preparation, marriage enrichment; natural family planning; grief support for all ages; troubled marriage support and more. The office also assists lay Catholic organizations and apostolates in their work related to families and parishes.

Upcoming Events

Date Night

March 2, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Beginning Experience Weekend

March 3, 2017 (All day) to March 5, 2017 (All day)

Men Under Construction 21

March 4, 2017 - 6:30am to 3:30pm

To Trust Again: 3.25.17

March 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 2:30pm

Men of Valor, Women of Virtue

April 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Making Difficult Conversations Possible

Parents and Kids on the Same Page
April 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Church as a Field Hospital: Pastoral Care of the Divorced

Learning from the Joy of Love, article 10 of 10
October 20, 2016

“Families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity.” (Amoris Laetitia, 7, hereafter AL)

The previous article in this series considered the Pope’s advice to spouses who experience difficulties that may lead to separation and even divorce.  The main theme of his advice: consider every crisis as an opportunity to say a new “yes, enabling love to be renewed, deepened and inwardly strengthened.” (AL, 238) The Church does not abandon those who face divorce as a possibility, nor those who have already divorced and

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