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FAMILY LIFE

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, separated, divorced and widowed Catholics ministry, Project Rachel for post-abortion trauma, parenting workshops, and many other family support groups.

MATERIALS

Download the Rite for Blessing a Child in the Womb

MARRIAGE PREP

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.

Download the 2019 Marriage Prep Brochure in English

Download Spanish Marriage Prep Brochure 2019

If you are unable to take the Pre-Cana class in person due to distance, click below to register for the online class.

Register For A CatholicMarriagePrep.com Course http://www.catholicmarriageprep.com/

 

Step Three: Register and attend one of the diocesan Natural Family Planning Class series (NFP). Natural Family Planning 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 for the NFP Program.

Living Happily Ever After: Resources for Download

For Your Marriage

Marriage Unique for a Reason

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?

All these and more are legitimate questions. The Church has the answers and can help. You are invited to join other divorced Catholics in a 6-week journey toward finding the hope, healing, and peace you may be seeking. 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. Whether you got divorced ten days ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone. Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings.

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.

Download  the WWME Flyer

Download the New Priest Flyer

Click here to visit the Worldwide Marriage Encounter website

Retrouvaille

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.

Click here to visit the Retrouvaille website.

Bereavement Ministries

Purpose

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.

Goals:

  • 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.

Click here to download the Bereavement Support Groups brochure.

Has your marriage ended through death of a spouse, separation or divorce? Are you looking for a way to move through the hurt and find hope again?

Beginning Experience® may be for you.

A weekend away for a lifetime of change.

A weekend guided by trained facilitators who have walked in your shoes.

Spousal Loss Retreat.

  • Separated
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

From heartache to hope for those who find themselves alone again.

Beginning Experience

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 program 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. Founded by Sr. Josephine Stewart in 1973 and rooted in the Catholic tradition, the ministry’s open ecumenical spirit serves those of all faiths.

The Beginning Experience weekend is designed to be a time of closure on the past and renewed hope for the future. Those who come should be beyond the initial feelings of anger and despair which usually follow the loss of a loved one. They should be at the point of wanting a new beginning and ready to work to make that desire a reality. Once your registration form for the weekend is received, someone from Beginning Experience will contact you.

Download the Beginning Experience Brochure or visit 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.