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 first Friday SACRED HEART MASS will take place at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City on Friday, August 7, 2015.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING

Sympto-Thermal Method - 3 class series

2015 Dates:

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

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.

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 December 4-6, 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 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. 

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:

October 23-25, 2015

FOCCUS Training

The FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool 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.  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.  Please register at http://www.foccusinc.com.   If you need more information, contact Terry or Susan at 657-2211 or the Office of Family Life (405) 721-8944.  The next upcoming Foccus training will be  Saturday, July 18th, starting with registration at 8:00 am at the Catholic Pastoral Center , 7501 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City.  The training will be in the Lower level, Room 8, 9 & 10.

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: August 22, September 12, October 3, & November 14

English:  August 8 & October 10 

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

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 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:  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: Octubre  9-11

 RETROUVAILLE

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.