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.
SACRED HEART MASS - Friday, May 1, 2015.
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
Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend/Oklahoma City - www.rachelsvineyard.org
Have you had an abortion or been affected by another's abortion? Sadness, anxiety, guilt and grief are common, not only for the woman, but also the man involved-or for other relatives and friends. Many struggle with these feelings for years after the abortion. There is help for you. Experience the healing love of Jesus Christ at a Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat May 22-24, 2015. The retreat offers a profound opportunity 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
SUBSTANCE ADDICTION MINISTRY
The National Catholic Council on Addiction is an organization that promotes hope, healing and reconciliation to those suffering from the disease of addiction and the impact of addiction on the family, society and the Church. The council has established a Substance Addiction Ministry, or (SAM). Addiction is a spiritual illness that disconnects a person from self, loved ones, and God. SAM's goal is to help these individuals re-connect. SAM will provide education about addictive disease, increase awareness of the pain in people's lives, and refer those in need to places where help can be found. Support, acceptance, understanding, and healing will be extended to those touched by addiction. Training for SAM team members will take place on Saturday, July 11th, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:00 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 N.W. Expressway, OKC. To register or more information about becoming a SAM team member please contact 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 archokc.org/family Life.
Upcoming Beginning Experience Programs:
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: June 20, August 22, September 12, October 3, & November 14
English: 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 September 11-13, 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: September 11-13
The Foccus Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by clergy, 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. Terry and Susan Givens of St. Eugene's Church are certified trainers for Foccus and will facilitate. The cost of the 4th Edition Foccus Manual is $50. Please register at the link below. For more information, contact Susan Givens at 657-2211 or the Office of Family Life at 721-8944.
Upcoming Foccus Training: http://www.foccusinc.com
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City. Registration will begin at 8:00 am.
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: Junio 19-21, & Octubre 9-11
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 August 28-30, 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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