Our mission is to assist parishes and families throughout the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in West TN to recognize, honor, integrate, serve, and build up the Domestic Church by offering programs and services that center on the many forms and stages of family life from conception to natural death.

Oversees and coordinates all diocesan family ministry efforts, including marriage preparation, family support groups, Pro-Life support, separated, divorced and widowed Catholics ministry, Rachel’s Vineyard for post-abortion trauma, parenting workshops, and many other family support groups.

Pro-Life Support

Diocesan Pro-Life Mass

Feast of Annunciation

MARCH 25, 2021

March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation, marking the visit of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she would be the mother of our Savior, the Word made flesh. It is also the day of an international pro-life celebration: the International Day of the Unborn Child. Established by St. Pope John Paul II to coincide with and honor the Feast of the Annunciation, the pope wanted people in every part of the world to celebrate the gift of life by remembering all unborn human life. In inaugurating this day in 1999, the great champion and defender of human life united the universal Church in a single act, boldly proclaiming the value of every human life while in the same moment stressing the necessary importance of defending the most vulnerable.

All are welcome to join us for the Diocesan Pro-Life Mass celebrating the Feast of Annunciation, March 25th at 7:00 PM, Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Most Reverend Bishop David P. Talley will be the celebrant.

The Feast of the Annunciation invites us to reflect upon the wonder of every human life, particularly the amazing world of the developing child yet to be born. John Paul II wanted a culture of life to be created and cultivated. Let us make this a greater reality!

If you have any questions please contact: Jan Courtney. 901-490-6435, Respect Life Committee, Holy Rosary Church. Or the Diocesan Office of Pastoral Life: 373-1224 or email: alma.abuelouf@c.cdom.org

For more information about the International Day of the Unborn Child, visit: https://www.hli.org/2014/03/march-25-international-day-unborn-child/



Marriage Preparation

On behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, we congratulate you on this most joyous occasion of your engagement to be married. It is an honor for us to join your “journey of faith” as you begin the process of marriage preparation. May God bless you as you prepare to enter into the Sacrament of Matrimony.

The marriage preparation process is a multi-phased and collaborative effort under the direction of our local parish communities and the diocesan Office of Family Ministries.

Diocesan guidelines for the Sacrament of Matrimony:

You can download the Diocesan Policy for Marriage here:  Catholic Diocese of Memphis Diocesan Policy for Marriage

Step One: Six (6) months to a year before your wedding date, contact your parish priest. You can expect to meet with the priest or deacon several times to complete and go over the Pre-Nuptial Marriage Investigation; take the Foccus survey; go over results of the survey; and to plan the liturgy for your wedding day. If you have a former marriage you will need to receive a Declaration of Invalidity before a wedding date can be scheduled.

Step Two: Register for the diocesan marriage preparation class. This class is designed as a tool to help you and your fiancé prepare for a lifetime marriage. We highly recommend you attend the earliest class possible before your wedding date.

Register For A Catholic Marriage Prep.com Course http://www.catholicmarriageprep.com/

Step Three: Attend the online Natural Family Planning class, which is an all-natural method, scientifically based on the woman’s patterns of fertility and infertility. It promotes romance, respect and communication between husband and wife. It can deepen the intimacy between you and your spouse, strengthen your relationship and give you peace. Click here to register for the NFP Program.


Living Happily Ever After: Resources for Download

For Your Marriage

Marriage Unique for a Reason

Resources to Overcome Pornography Addiction

Are you in a relationship with someone who has a problem with pornography? Has pornography affected your marriage and family life? Find resources and local support groups below that can help bring healing into your relationships, marriage and family life.

Online Resources

STRIVE https://www.cardinalstudios.org/strive

Integrity Restored  https://integrityrestored.com/

The Porn Effect http://theporneffect.com/

 RECLAiM  Sexual Health https://www.reclaimsexualhealth.com/



Love People, Use Things

Protect Your Devices

Covenant Eyes

Net Nanny


Rachel’s Vineyard

Pending dates in 2021

A weekend Retreat that really helps both men and women, healing the trauma of abortion – one weekend at a time. Participation is totally confidential. Don’t be afraid to call! Contact Cathy at (901) 463-3595 or rvmphs@gmail.com.  Website is: www.rachelsvineyard.org or call (877) HOPE 4 ME for more information.

Additional Materials Available

Download the Rite for Blessing a Child in the Womb

Divorce Ministry

Divorce Isn’t Always Black & White – Let’s face it…

For a variety of reasons some (sadly) legitimate and some not, Catholics do find themselves civilly divorced. No matter who “left”, for everyone it can be a time for panic, fear, anger, depression, rage, anxiety, and sometime a temptation to even lose faith.

  • So where do you stand with the Church?
  • Do you struggle with the unfairness of it all? Are you feeling relieved and guilty?
  • Are you excommunicated?
  • Is loneliness driving you crazy?
  • Want to know if you can marry again?
  • How long should you wait for your ex to return?
  • What’s going to happen to the kids?
  • Where WAS God in all this?
  • Can I get an annulment?
  • How can the Church say if my marriage was valid or not?

“Surviving Divorce”

Helping You Find Peace, Power & Passion After Your Divorce

This group is open to any adult who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is for the newly separated divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. In this video/discussion program, you will listen and learn from Catholic men and women who share their stories of finding help in coping with the devastating effects of divorce. Join us on this powerful journey to hope and healing! 

Meeting On Line Mondays, April 12—June 28, 2021 Video presentation: 6:00 –6:45 PM Group discussion via Zoom: 6:45 – 8:15 PM 

To register go to:


Cost is 19.95 plus shipping and applicable tax for the Personal Guide and access to the video. 

For more information Catholic Diocese of Memphis Office of Pastoral Life Ministries @ 901-373-1224 /373 – 1234 email: alma.abuelouf@cc.cdom.org or sharon.kowalke@cc.cdom.org

For more information, contact the Office of Pastoral Life Ministries @ 901-373-1224 /373 – 1234 or email sharon.kowalke@cc.cdom.org.


Marriage Enrichment

Looking for the perfect weekend? A weekend to bring a husband and wife closer together?

A WWME weekend is exactly what you are looking for. At a Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original and continually updated marriage enrichment program, you get away from the distractions of everyday life and focus on each other. Instead of simply listening to lectures about how to improve your marriage, you will actually be improving your marriage.

Weather-Proof your Marriage – a strong marriage can weather any storm.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter: A marriage encounter virtual weekend (enjoy it under your own roof).

A Celebration of Marriage for Valentine’s Day: Roses wilt, chocolates are over-rated, but the gift of a Worldwide Marriage Encounter can last a lifetime It may very well be the BEST Weekend you ever spend with your spouse!!  Romance Your Sweetheart!  This year you have the chance to experience a World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend virtually from the comfort of your own home.  Apply NOW for the Feb. 12-14 Weekend: Space IS limited—don’t delay!!  For more info or to apply, please visit arkansaswwme.org  or  email apply@arkansaswwme.org

Questions? Contact Allen Fields at allen.monika.fields@wwme.org or 915-861-0131.

For more information, visit the  Worldwide Marriage Encounter website.


Retrouvaille (pronounced Re-Tro-Vi and meaning rediscovery) is a program which offers help to couples who live in the disappointment and pain of a troubled marriage. If your marriage has become unloving and uncaring; if the relationship has grown cold and distance; if there is no meaningful communication or if you feel despair or disappointment then we believe a Retrouvaille Weekend can help your marriage.

If you and your spouse want to save your marriage and both of you are willing to put forth your best effort then we invite you to sign up for the weekend and the six follow up sessions. Retrouvaille is a Catholic based ministry but couples of other faiths are welcomed.

Visit the HelpOurMarriage.org website.

Bereavement Ministries


The Diocesan Bereavement Ministry is designed to be a source of education, resources, and support for parishes and caregivers in their ministry to the Bereaved so that those grieving a loss through death may experience the healing comfort of God in their faith community.

  • Provide support to those active in bereavement ministry.
  • Assist parishes interested in beginning bereavement ministry.
  • Provide training to all who are interested in bereavement ministry as a companion or facilitator of support groups.
  • Provide information about resources, publications, training, and conferences.
  • Provide up-to-date information about grief support groups in the Diocese.
  • Present grief/loss/bereavement topics at diocesan conferences.
  • Collaborate with other area groups involved in bereavement work.
Dates for Diocesan Grief Support Groups TBA. Please check your parish bulletin for support groups in our Diocese.

Beginning Experience Weekend

The purpose of the Beginning Experience ministry is to facilitate the grief resolution process for separated, divorced and widowed persons and children of these losses; thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others and God. We accomplish the purpose by offering quality, copyrighted, grief resolutions programs presented by training peer ministers. These programs are designed to move grieving people through a transformational process to a new beginning in their lives. To find a weekend retreat, go to the Beginning Experience Website.

Diocesan Catholic Sixty Plus Singles Ministry

“Where faith and fun meet and mingle”

Diocesan Catholic Singles is open to unmarried Catholics 60+ who are parishioners of any church in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. Our mission is spiritual growth, community service, and socializing through a wide-range of activities. Our organization offers fellowship and an opportunity to interact with other Catholic singles throughout the diocese. The Catholic Singles Sixty Plus (CSS) ministry is not for those who are seriously dating or in a committed relationship.

The mission of CSS is to nurture a community of faith, hope and love. Members work as a team to provide options for individual growth and development in the form of affordable activities consisting of charitable, cultural, recreational, spiritual, and social fellowship. CSS brings together mature Catholic singles who share a common faith, building friendships with the common bond of living life as a single individual through parish involvement, social events, and community outreach. Please watch this website for the next meeting date for this group.

For more information please contact the  Office of Pastoral Life Ministries at 901.373.1224/901.373.1234, or send an email to alma.abuelouf@cc.cdom.org.

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