Family Life Apostolate

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This apostolate promotes a focus on marriage and families in all church activities, provides resources and support for marriage preparation and enrichment, help for hurting marriages and families and those who have experienced divorce or separation, resources for parenting, and other family enrichment programs.

The staff and volunteers of the Family Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, recognize that family relationships reflect the essence of our relationship with God, and that families are able to daily participate in Christ's Paschal Mystery in the context of their homes and their communion with one another. We strive to be a partner in mutual relationship with the parish churches we are called to serve and with other diocesan structures.


The Family Life Apostolate, working under the authority of the Archbishop and in conjunction with other diocesan offices, is committed to provide the best resources and support for:

  • Marriage Preparation
  • Marriage Enrichment, Marriage Spirituality
  • Natural Family Planning
  • Parenting
  • Hurting Marriages and Families
  • Divorced or Separated
  • Loss, Grieving, Victims of Violence
  • Singles

 

Congratulations!  The Church joyfully anticipates the opportunity to celebrate with you this life-changing Sacrament that, as St. Paul tells us, is the image of Christ's love for His Church!

The Archdiocese of New Orleans recognizes the vital role the parish community plays in the life of each couple both before and after their wedding.  It is God who joins man and woman in marriage and sustains them in love and it is in the the parish community that we encounter Him most fully.

Your first step is to contact your parish priest or deacon at least 6 to 8 months before the wedding to work out a plan to prepare for your marriage in the Church.  Your parish priest or deacon will know which resources are avialble to you and will recommend the best possible marriage preparation given your particular circumstances.   If you are working with a priest or deacon from outside the Archdiocese, he can email or call the Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243 for information and guidance. 

Programs for Marriage Preparation

Parish Based Mentor Couple Programs - A married couple, ideally from your parish will meet with you a number of times to provide one-on-one companionship through the marriage preparation process.  Contact your parish for more information.

Engaged Encounter  - a weekend retreat for engaged couples: Online Registration

Archdiocesan Days for the Engaged -  A two-day seminar held on separated Saturdays (Part A and Part B).

Online Preparation: catholicmarriageprep.com

Already married and want to be a mentor couple for engaged couples?  Contact your parish, and then either give us a call at 504-861-6243 to discuss options, or register online for training in the In Home Marriage Prep program by clicking here.

Natural Family Planning

The Family Life Apostolate is pleased to provide fantastic resources for a number of methods of Natural Family Planning: Northwest, Creighton, and Couple to Couple League.  If you would like to learn one of these methods or have any questions regarding Natural Family Planning (NFP) please call the Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243.  

 

 

Domestic Church - retreats and continued formation for Sacramentally married couples who want to grow in holiness together with their spouses.

Couple Prayer Series - a fantastic parish-based or in-home program that helps couples overcome the common obstacles to intimate, shared prayer.

Willwoods Faith and Marriage - couple and family retreats and other fantastic resources for married couples.

World Wide Marriage Encounter - retreat for married couples to deepen and strengthen unity and increase communication; closest retreat is held in Baton Rouge.

USCCB For Your Marriage - excellent resources for all stages and phases of marriage from some of the best sources in the country presented by the US Bishops Conference.

Natural Family Planning 

The Family Life Apostolate is pleased to provide fantastic resources for a number of methods of Natural Family Planning: Northwest, Creighton, and Couple to Couple League.  If you would like to learn one of these methods or have any questions regarding Natural Family Planning (NFP) please call the Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243.  

Call the Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243 for more suggestions and help renewing your marriage or marriage and family ministry in your parish!
 

Already married and want to be a mentor couple for engaged couples?  Contact your parish, and then either give us a call at 504-861-6243 to discuss options, or register online for training in the In Home Marriage Prep program by clicking here.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Counseling Service - provides faith-based counseling for married couples, families (children as young as 13), and individuals.

Pornography - it's been shown to be extremely addictive and extremely damaging to a persons ability to function as a loving spouse or parent.  The best and most effective help in overcoming pornography is bringing it to light in a face-to-face context.  My House Men's group provides an anonymous setting for support, accountability, and real steps to overcoming the bondage of pornoragphy addiction: myhouse@archdiocese-no.org or 504-430-3060.  Reclaim is an extremely effective online program that uses the brain science of addiction to break down the addiction and uses Catholic teaching on sexuality to reform consciences and teach the true meaning of sexual love.  

World Wide Marriage Encounter - retreat for married couples to deepen and strengthen unity and increase communication; closest retreat is held in Baton Rouge.

Retrouvaille - a retreat for couples who are struggling in their marriage.

Catholic Divorce Survival Guide - a fantastic parish-based program as well as a website full of helpful resources for those who are separated or divorced.

Annulment Writing Workshop - offered regularly for persons wishing to apply for an annulment, persons wishing to respond to an annulment, and/or persons called as witnesses for an annulment case.  The goal of the workshop is encourage healing and a more efficient annulment process by walking with persons involved in an annulment case and helping them to prepare the necessary documents.  For more information, click the Annulment Workshop tab above or call the Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243.

 

Parent/Child

Parenting information and programs are offered throughout the year including Mother/Daughter and Father/Son programs which provide education and formation regarding the gifts of femininty and masculinity in God's plan for human love.

To register for the Mother/Daughter Program for girls aged 10-12 and their mothers scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2016, please click here.

To register online for the Father/Son Program for boys aged 11-14 and their faithers scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2016, please click here.

To register by mail, click here to download the Mother/Daughter form, and here for the Father/Son form.

Please call the office at 504-861-6243 for more information.

Singles

The Family Life Office supports various programs for the never married, separated, divorced and widowed.  Please contact the office at 504-861-6243 for more information.

Annulment Writing Workshops

Workshops are offered regularly for persons wishing to apply for an annulment, persons wishing to respond to an annulment, and/or persons called as witnesses for an annulment case.  The goal of the workshop is encourage healing and a more efficient annulment process by walking with persons involved in an annulment case and helping them to prepare the necessary documents.  For more information, click the Annulment Workshop tab above or call the Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243.

Grieving - NAIM and Bridge to NAIM

The 'NAIM' ministry is named after the widow of Naim whose son Jesus had raised from the dead (Luke 7:11-17).  Jesus is the model of grief and compassion. Observing a funeral of the son of the widow of Naim, Jesus was filled with empathy: he restored life to the son and helped the grieving mother.

NAIM is a Catholic self-help organization for widows and widowers offering emotional support and spiritual and social activities through regular monthly meetings, socials, and religious activities. 

Bridge to NAIM is geard toward helping newly bereaved spouses to accompany and assist them in their time of grieving. 

Six chapters exist in different areas of the Archdiocese: New Orleans, Covington, Kenner, Metairie, River Ridge, and Westbank. Please call the Family Life Apostolate at office at 504-861-6243 for more information.

The Church in the Home is a weekly radio program heard in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Catholic Comunity Radio (690am New Orleans, 1380am Baton Rouge).

David Dawson and Chris O'Neill discuss the often exasperating yet exhilarating experience of marriage and family and the effort to take advantage of God's gifts and presence within the home.  Great guests, intense topics, and hilarious stories make The Church in the Home something to look forward to! 

Click here to listen to archived shows!

Visit the Catholic Community Radio Website here!

 

David Dawson, Jr.  Director

Chris O'Neill  Assistant to the Director

Cathy Francis  Administrative Assistant