Office of Family Life

Welcome to the Office of Family Life. Please feel welcome to browse through any of our sites and select your area of interest.
 Marriage Preparation Booklet
Please note that Hispanic Marriage Preparation is listed also in the booklet.We are grateful to Blessed Sacrament, Holy Trinity Parishes, Westfield, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Springfield, St. Agnes Parish, Dalton and University of Massachusetts “Newman Center”, Amherst for adding more programs for couples to attend.
Marriage Prep Schedule 2017

Engaged Encounter
A weekend designed to give couples planning marriage the experience to concentrate exclusively on each other, tension free, and be away from the pressures and interruptions of normal, everyday life. This weekend is designed to deepen and enrich the relationship of a couple as they approach marriage. It is very highly recommended. (The cost per couple includes materials, rooms and meals.)
There are a number of Catholic Engaged Encounter District I Programs you can find on the Internet by connecting to Web Pages:

Marriage Encounter
Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s Mission of renewal in the church and change in the world is to assist couples and priests to live fully intimate and responsible relationships by providing them with a Catholic “experience” and ongoing community support for such a lifestyle.
Marriage Encounter is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together…a time to share their feelings, hopes, disappointments, joys, frustrations…and to do so openly and honestly in a face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with the one person they have chosen to live with for the rest of their lives.
The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, to concentrate on each other. It’s not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It’s a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian Marriage.
For more information on Marriage Encounter visit

Natural Family Planning
NFP Is NOT the Rhythm Method, Effective, Valuable for Women Who Say They Need The Pill, Easy to Use
Natural Family Planning is an integral part of Marriage Preparation. Manycouples are unaware of certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. NFP is a holistic approach to family planning. Its successful use to avoid pregnancy relies on a couple following what they know about the method and one another. Successful use of NFP requires a couple to communicate with each other.
The following persons are available for training and answering questions you might have in this regard.
1. Kathy Rivet (603) 595-3947
2. Edward & Suzanne Cottrill (413) 772-6062
3. Barbara Meier, RN, FCPI (609) 457-0108
If you are planning your family or wish to avoid pregnancy and are looking for more information on NFP you may contact any of the following (FertilityCare professionals and teachers)
(Training and fellowship program),
(Teachers and doctors with various NFP methods) (Dr. Carpentier’s website)
(Billings Ovulation Method)
new St. Rita’s Fertility Center (Creighton Model System)
Jennifer McManus
Instructor: Billings Ovulation Method
Charles & Renee Gartland
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
(940) 613-2873
Greenfield Chapter Springfield, MA Diocese
English & Spanish
Edward & Suzanne Cottrill
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Greenfield Chapter Springfield, MA Diocese
Robert & Rebecca Demers
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Greenfield Chapter Springfield, MA Diocese

Pro-Life Commission
For more information on the Diocese of Springfield Pro-Life Commission call:
Tim Biggins at 413-525-8022

Retrouvaille Weekend
A lifeline For Troubled Marriages
Retrouvaille, a Christian Peer Ministry for troubled marriages. Although this confidential ministry has its origin in the Catholic Church, all denominations are welcome. Retrouvaille, which means “rediscovery”, consists of a weekend experience in which husbands and wives are helped to re-establish communication and gain new insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
You will not be asked to share your problems with anyone else. However you will be encouraged to put the past behind you, to look beyond the hurt and pain, in order to rediscover each other in a new and positive way.
Dates and places:
You may contact Retrouvaille on the Internet at Retrouvaille Home Page: for articles, dialogue, questions, etc. Many of these articles may be just what you were looking for.
For more information on programs in your area please call: 1-800-470-2230.

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