Office of Family Life

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.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

The Sacred Heart Mass will take place at the Catholic Pastoral Center, OKC on Friday, November 7th, 2014. 

RETROUVAILLE

"The secular world would have us believe that troubled marriages are beyond hope; we have proven them wrong!  Hope and healing for troubled, separated and divorced couples can be found at the Oklahoma City Retrouvaille Program, November 7-9th, 2014 at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City.  Contact information: http://www.retrouvaille.org.   No group sharing.  Download the Retrouvaille brochure from Archokc.org/Family Life.

"For nothing will be impossible for God!"  Luke 1:37

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - September 24 - November 2, 2014

The next National 40 DAYS FOR LIFE Peaceful Prayer Campaign to end abortion will be held from September 24 thru November 2, 2014.  We need your help!  This is a great community project and hope you will be involved in protecting life!

The 24 hour vigil will take place on the public sidewalk in front of the Clinic Outpatient Services for Women located at 6112 N.W. 63rd, Oklahoma City.  Please help us spread the word about this important community outreach.

For more information, please contact:

Debby Krish (405) 824-5578 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Karen Kenworthy (405) 471-9604 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING

Sympto-Thermal Method - 3 class series

Main Class:  September 19, Class #2 October 17, Class #3 November 21

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.

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

MARRIAGE AS COVENANT Pre-Marriage Preparation

The Marriage As Covenant Weekend Program provides a unique opportunity for a couple to gift themselves with the time to discover a method of communication away from the distractions.  The program is presented by team couples and a priest.  After each presentation, the engaged couples are given questions related to the topic.  The engaged couple share only with each other.  The charge for the weekend is $105.00.  A $25 deposit is required with the registration.   The next program is scheduled for November 14-15 beginning at 7pm on Friday ending on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.  The program is held at the Catholic Pastoral Center.  You may download the registration form from our website: Archokc.org/Family Life or call the Office of Family Life at (405)721-8944.

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.

Upcoming Pre-Canas:

Spanish: November 8 & December 6, 2014  -  January 24, 2015, March 7, April 18, May 2, June 20, August 22, September 12, October 3, & November 14

English:  January 17, February 28, March 28, June 13, August 8 & October 10 

2014 MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER DATE: October 24-26

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 February  7-9, 2014 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You may also apply online www.meoklahoma.org.

2015 DATES:  January 23-25, April 24-26 & September 11-13

ENCUENTRO MATRIMONIAL 

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

 ANNIVERSARY MASS

Archbishop Coakley invites married couples who are celebrating milestones anniversaries (25, 40, 50+) in the calendar year 2014 to attend a special Anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 16, 2014 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3214 North Lake Avenue, (N.W 32nd & Western) Oklahoma City.  A reception will follow.  It is imperative that if you plan to attend please contact the Office of Family Life at (405)721-8944.   The Archbishop will be imparting his blessing and the local Catholic Community will rejoice in your example and commitment to the Sacrament of Marriage.

MISA CELEBRANDO LOS ANIVERSARIOS DE 25, 40, 50+

El Arzobispo Pablo Coakley invita a las parejas casadas que esten celebrando su aniversario especial de (25, 40, 50+) de 2014 para que asistan a una Misa especial de Aniversario el Domingo 16 de noviembre, 2014, iniciando a las 3:00 de la tarde en la Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro, 3214 North Lake Ave., (N.W. 32 y Western) en Oklahoma City.   Despues de la Misa habra una recepcion.   Es muy importante que si usted desea asistir por favor contacte a la Oficina de Vida Familiar al 405-721-8944.  El Arzobispo le dara su bendicion y la comunidad local se alegrara en su ejemplo y compromiso al Sacramento de Matrimonio.

RACHEL'S VINEYARD RETREAT

Are you suffering from an abortion?  Or know someone who is? You are not alone.  Experience the healing love of Jesus Christ at a Rachel's Vineyard Weekend retreat December 5-7, 2014.  The retreat offers a profound opportunity, with a team of trained companions, therapist and clergy, to experience God's love, forgiveness and compassion.  Participation is strictly confidential.  The retreat is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Family Life.  For more information call 405-623-3844 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   The cost is $75 for meals, a private room, and all retreat materials.  Payment plans and financial assistance are available.  For a description of the retreat and a complete list of other retreat dates and locations, call 1 877 HOPE 4 ME or visit the international website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The Sanctity of Life Mass at Our Lady's Cathedral on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.   More information available as the date gets closer.