March – Marriage
Help your parish come up with a plan to support married couples by completing and discussion the “How Marriage-Sensitive is Your Parish Survey”
A complete manual for developing a Parish Marriage Ministry is available for download off the Marriage and Family Ministries website
Susan Vogt offers short and thoughtful messages about marriage that can be reprinted these in Sunday bulletins or on your parish website by adding a simple credit line. Find Marriage Moments at
John and Teri Bosio offer resources like 6 Dates for Catholic Couples and the Beatitudes: A Couple;s Path to Greater Joy. Find these and more at www.happy-together.net
Busted Halo offers another helpful video with Sacraments 101: Why Make it Catholic on youtube, that answers questions about the Sacrament of Matrimony.
First Years and Forever E-Newsletter
Take a look at the most current issue and all back-issues of the e-newsletter through Marriage and Family Ministries.
How can the Office of Marriage Family Ministries help?
Take a look at all that is available through the Office for Marriage and Family Ministries by downloading their flyer or visiting their website www.FamilyMinistries.org
November – Dying, Grieving, Celebrating Funerals
Exploring the Funeral Liturgy
The Funeral Mass is explained in this article by Fr. Bill Vollmer so that we can better understand and appreciate the words and rituals.
I Am So Lost... Finding Your Way Through Grief After the Death of A Loved One
These blogposts may be a help to those dealing with grief and loss.
The Last Word - The Catholic case for advance directives
There is one “tool” that will help Catholics make good decisions for patients that cannot speak for themselves. Fr. Daniel Sulmasy explains the natural law principles that can guide a patient’s advance directives.
October - Anointing of the Sick
Liturgy for the Sick and Those who Care for Them
This liturgy may be used in parishes in multiple ways: after daily Mass, in a parish some evening, coupled with a presentation on caring for the sick or in nursing homes and hospitals with some regularity. Parishes may also want to integrate this liturgy into a gathering of Ministers of Care.
Blessing at Mass for Ministers of Care
Use this blessing within a Mass to honor Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick, and those involved in any Health Care
Articles on spiritual care for the sick in our families for preachers and teachers:
Resources for a parish planning to include anointing of the Sick in a Sunday Mass:
September - Eucharist
The following resources would fit well into the month of September and are provided in Word-format so that they can be customize them to the needs of the parish.
Additional Resources on Eucharist developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago for the Strategic Pastoral Plan:
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