by Martine Bacci-Siegel A great way to teach our children about respect for creation is through animals. Scott Huntington is a writer for the Oxford University Press as well as a middle school Sunday school teacher. He offers these tips when teaching through animals. Acquaint them with animals. More specifically, get them used to being … Continue reading Respecting The Life Of Creation . . .
by Michelle Herberger Several years ago, when watching a film on post abortion healing, a woman who had had an abortion spoke something that continues to influence my desire to see people healed from their experience of abortion. She said, “I made the choice to terminate life and continued to do so by my self-destructive … Continue reading Respecting One’s Own Life . . .
by Deacon Stephen Bowling It seems to me that respect is something that one values . . . or not. I do not see how respect can in any way be ambiguous or shaded with layers of grey. Respect as we experience it is a binary concept – it’s either a “yes” or a “no,” … Continue reading Respecting Life . . .
Ask any diocesan marriage tribunal what lay Catholic thoughts are on annulment and most will likely say the church's annulment laws invoke negative connotations. The annulment process has even been described as conducting a pathology of a marriage, essentially, investigating the disease of a failed marriage. However, that investigation could also shed light to preventive … Continue reading “This Isn’t Your Parent’s Annulment: Dispelling the Myths and Learning the Truth of Marriage Divorce & the Catholic Church” Workshop – October 12, 2017
by Ed Harpring “To end a person’s suffering seems a mercy. And does the exact time of death really matter that much?” This candid reflection by Suzanne Marshall caught my attention as I read her account of her mother’s lengthy and painful death. On the surface, it seems merciful to want to end the suffering … Continue reading Living Life To Its Natural End . . . Who Decides?
by Deacon Stephen Bowling One of the best truths I ever learned in all my many years in the corporate world was the primacy of the concept of “following through” . . . “going the distance” as it were. No matter how clever you were, no matter how good (or even necessary!) that your idea … Continue reading “Going The Distance”
The Family Ministries Office is proud to announce the first of our many upcoming programs designed to assist and accompany couples in the critical first few years of marriage! Come and join other engaged or newly-married couples as we spend two intensive and personalized days with certified financial planner Jerry Zimmerer from D. Scott Neal, Inc., diving … Continue reading “Building Your Financial Foundation” Workshop For Newly-Married and Engaged Couples
by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Over the last several months, if not years, you have been focused entirely on planning your special day. Catering decisions, wedding party selections, venue choices, and decisions about flowers, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxedoes have finally all been made. Hopefully, the Bride even got to say “yes” to her perfect dress. So, there literally has been no detail too small that you and the love of your life have not anguished over and spent countless hours reviewing, and tailoring … Continue reading “Life After The Wedding”
by Ed Harpring Tragically, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives per year. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the number of suicides in the United States is at its highest level in 30 years. Their 2016 report revealed a 24% increase in the … Continue reading Suicide Prevention is a Pro-Life Issue