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.


The Sacred Heart Mass will take place at the Catholic Pastoral Center, OKC on Friday, October 3rd, 2014. 


The Trauma Recovery Program is a faith-based response to adult survivors of childhoodle abuse and/or neglect.   Trauma is an event of series of events, combined with an individual's vulnerability, that creates an obstacle in normal human development.  In order to respond with compassion and effectiveness, helpers must understand the deeply-rooted dynamics from childhood that influence the thoughts and  behaviors of victims of violence.   This workshop will introduce the core concepts of trauma survivors and will be beneficial to Clergy, Educators, Youth/Family Ministers, Parents and Grandparents and those working with returning Veterans.  Father Kenneth Schmidt from the Diocese of Kalamazoo will direct the day.  This program will be held at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 7336 West Britton Road, OKC on Friday, September 26th, 2014 beginning with registration at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9:00 am ending at 12:30,  free of charge.  For more information or to register by phone, please call the Office of Family Life, (405)721-5651 X109 or send an email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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


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.


The icon of "Our Lady of Czestochowa" ("the Black Madonna") is reputed to have been "written" on Mary's table top from her house in Nazareth by Luke the Evangelist.  She has been credited with numerous miracles and healings-both of a spiritual and physical nature.  A beautiful copy of this icon has been blessed and consecrated at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is kept and entrusted to the defense of life and family.  Now, after traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia through 24 countries in Europe, she will be visiting Oklahoma City on her global pilgrimage.   Please join us as we welcome her to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3214 North Lake Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, to ask for her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions.  A welcoming ceremony will be held at the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  The Icon will remain through Sunday.  For more information, please call the Office of Family Life at 721-8944

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 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: 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: life Office.  For more information please call Office of Family Life (405)721-8944.

Upcoming Pre-Canas:

Spanish: October 4, November 8 & December 6

English:  October 11 


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 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


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.


The FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by clergy, deacons, lay couples, or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage, and who become trained as FOCCUS Facilitators.  The FOCCUS Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.  The goal of FOCCUS is facilitating Open Couple Communication Understanding, and Study.  Terry and Susan Givens of St. Eugene's Church are certified trainers for FOCCUS and will facilitate.  The cost for the new updated 4th Edition is $50.00 and is required for all FOCCUS Facilitators beginning July 2014.  Please register at the link below.  For more information, contact Susan Givens at (405)657-2211 or the Office of Family Life (405)721-8944.

Upcoming Foccus Training:

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at the Connor Center of Our Lady's Cathedral, 3214 North Lake Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.   Registration will begin at 8:00 am.


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.


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.


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.