Welcome to the Home Page of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life. Saint John Paul II began his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, by saying “The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.” The mission of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life is to spread this “good news” to the people of Eastern South Dakota through prayer, education and action so that we might help support marriages, families, and build a culture of life in our diocese and beyond.
ENGAGED ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS
Engaged Encounter is a weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to allow an engaged couple to concentrate on their relationship. For a listing of all weekends for the Diocese of Sioux Falls CLICK HERE.
LIFE CHAIN LINK PRAYER WITH BISHOP PAUL J. SWAIN
January 17, 2017, 12:00 noon
February 14, 2017, 12:00 noon
March 14, 2017, 12:00 noon
Planned Parenthood on 41st Street, Sioux Falls
To learn more and to sign up to participate in this prayer ministry, please visit the Life Chain Link Page of this website.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Consider giving the gift of a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend to your spouse! The weekend involves 15-20 couples. A series of presentations are given by a team of Catholic couples and a priest. The focus of the weekend is on the couple–not group sessions. The time you spend on the weekend learning how to love each other and God in new and deeper ways will be a gift that will keep on giving throughout your lifetime! . Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit sdwwme.org or contact John & Dawn at email@example.com or 605-359-1533.
March 31 – April 2, 2017
Retrouvaille, a confidential weekend that offers hope and help for couples to heal and renew their marriage relationship is scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2017. The weekend will take place at Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center near Marvin. Retrouvaille is a peer to peer ministry and has helped couples experiencing chronic communication problems, as well as those who thought they were beyond hope, already separated, or even divorced. Please keep this weekend in mind for any couple you feel would be open to this healing opportunity. For more information, or to help register a couple, visit our website or contact our office. For general information visit: www.retrouvaille.org.