The Office of Family Life exists to provide support for families through various programs and to serve as a resource for parishes engaging in the building up and the fostering of the Catholic family.
The Office of Family Life offers marriage preparation and enrichment, ministry to the bereaved, to the divorced and separated, to marriages in crisis, and gives instruction in natural family planning. It is involved as well in various works promoting pro-life causes such as Project Gabriel and Rachel's Vineyard.
In essence, the Office of Family Life seeks to enhance the Church's vital role in the promotion of family in a culture that is increasingly hostile.
The Sacred Heart Mass will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Catholic Pastoral Center.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
Sympto-Thermal Method - 3 class series
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Main Class: March 27, Class #2 April 24, Class #3 May 22nd
Main Class: September 18, Class #2 October 16, Class #3 November 20
The Couple to Couple League also offers virtual Classes. To sign up for classes, visit CCLI.Org. For more information call Gail Hunt (952)381-4932.
St. Monica Catholic Church
Main Class: Sunday, February 22, Class #2 March 29, Class #3 April 26. These classes will start at 12:15 at St. Monica Church in the St. Patrick Church. Please register for all 3 classes at www.ccli.org or contact Matthew and Michaela Dietrich at (319)541-3181 or
BEGINNING EXPERIENCE - Hope for a New Beginning
The Beginning Experience weekend program helps grieving single-again persons emerge from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning, and move into the future with renewed hope. The programs helps deal with the natural grief process and offers an opportunity, through God, for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth. Adults become more effective parents, they develop healthier family relationships, and they begin to deal with the pain of their loss, their anger, and so much more. The program serves those of all faiths. The program is held at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City beginning Friday evening ending on Sunday about 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Office of Family Life at (405)721-8944 or download the registration from archokc.org/family Life.
Upcoming Beginning Experience Programs:
March 6-8, 2015, July 10-12, 2015 & October 23-25, 2015
PRECANA Pre-Marriage Preparation
Pre-Cana is a day for couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. A specially prepared team of married couples and a priest, share their experiences and information with the intention of enabling engaged couples to be more aware of the privileges and responsibilities of marriage. Registration begins at 8:15 and the program starts at 8:45 ending at 4:00 p.m. You may download the registration form from our website: Archokc.org/Family life Office. For more information please call Office of Family Life (405)721-8944.
Spanish: March 7, April 18, May 2, June 20, August 22, September 12, October 3, & November 14
English: February 28 (limited space available), March 28, June 13, August 8 & October 10
If you have been married for many years the Weekend can help you enhance communication, renew commitment and rekindle romance. If you have been married for a short time, you can learn the skills you will need to stay close through the ups and downs of life. During the Weekend you will be given time to share your thoughts and feelings with each other. Couples are urged to focus on each other and keep the rest of the world at a distance during this special experience. The next Marriage Encounter Weekend is January 23-25, 2015 at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 N.W. Expressway in Oklahoma City. The weekend starts on Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. You may download the registration form from the website archokc.org or contact Rick & Bev Feller at (405) 323-9119, email
. You may also apply online www.meoklahoma.org.
2015 DATES: April 24-26 & September 11-13
El Fin de Semana del Encuentro Matrimonial es para los matrimonios que desean enriquecer y revitalizar su matrimonio. El enfasis esta en la communicacion entre el esposo y la esposa quienes pasan un fin de semana juntos lejos de las disctracciones y de las tenciones de la vida diaria, para concentrarse el uno en el otro. El fin de semana comienza el viernes por la tarde y termina el domingo en la tarde. El programa se hace en el Centro Pastoral Catolico, 7501 N.W. Expressway en Oklahoma City. Para mas informacion, favor de llamar a Martin & Emma Barcenas al numero (405)923-8744.
FECHAS DE 2015: Febrero 6-8, Junio 19-21, & Octubre 9-11
REAL Y PARA SIEMPRE
El MATRIMONIO, ahora viene con instrucciones...REAL Y PARA SIEMPRE es un programa dedicado para fortalecer las relaciones de pareja y prevenir el divorcio, a traves del correcto manejo de los conflictos y el establecimiento de unas reglas claras de comunicacion entre la pareja. Aprendera una serie de habilidades y tecnicas comprobadas para manejar los conflictos y desacuerdos. Ofrecera estrategias poderosas para proteger los aspectos de su relacion, de las cosas menos positivas que se presentan en la vida. El proximo REAL Y PARA SIEMPRE esta programado para el Sabado, 28 de febrero, 2015 en el Centro Pastoral Catolico, 7501 N.W Expressway, OKC. La registracion empieza a las 9:30 a.m. y el programa es de 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Favor de llamar a Lisa al (405) 709-2709 para registrarse o mas informacion. Se require hacer reservaciones, ya que el cupo es limitado. Se ofrece cuidado de ninos pero el cupo tambien es limitado. El programa es gratis y su lonche esta incluido.
Retrouvaille helps married couples who are: struggling to communicate, struggling to stay together, separated or divorced, but want to try again. The program begins with a weekend experience in which couples learn to re-establish communication and to gain new insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. You will find courage and strength in the realization that you are not alone in your struggle. The weekend will help you discover how listening, forgiveness, communication, and the dialogue process are powerful aids for building a loving and lasting relationship. The next Retrouvaille Weekend is February 13-15, 2015 at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 N.W. Expressway, OKC. To register please visit Helpourmarriage.com or call (405)443-3541 for more information.
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