March 06, 2023 – Diocese of Evansville Office of Family & Life March eNews
DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE
OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS
NEXT UNVEILED MARRIAGE PREP. RETREAT IS MARCH 17-18. THIS IS A FRIDAY EVENING AND SATURDAY RETREAT AT SARTO. REGISTER SOON!
Note: This retreat is for engaged couples who are getting married within the next year. The couple is to complete a FOCCUS inventory with their pastor or his designee; attend an UNVEILED retreat OR a sponsor couple program at the parish AND attend a free NFP introductory class (these are included in the Unveiled retreats)
Calling all 55+ women and men who might be interested in being a part of the Planning Committee for the next Evansville Wisdom Day. If you live in Warrick, Vanderburgh, Posey, Gibson counties and would like to be a part of a group who plans this day 1x per year, reach out to me at email@example.com.
Wisdom Day is a day per year that involves speakers, lunch, and entertainment for our over 55 Catholics. This event draws between 200-300 from around the region. This is a free event to attendees. Excess donations are donated to a worthy, local cause. No experience needed!
2023 Natural Family Planning Classes
NFP is a natural alternative to harsh pharmacological contraceptives and is accepted by the Catholic faith as a natural family planning tool. Classes range from introductory to in-depth.
Peace in the Mourning (PIM) is a Christ-focused healing day for widows of all ages (no matter how long ago their loss). Through personal sharing, education and the Sacraments, retreat-goers are able to continue, or begin, their journey of healing after the loss of their spouse. This retreat day is at the Catholic Center in Evansville. Cost is $75.00 (Scholarship Assistance Available if needed)
2023 POST ABORTION HEALING
Project Rachel is a CONFIDENTIAL program for those who have had abortions or whose lives have been impacted in some way by abortions. We provide the opportunity to speak with someone about YOUR story. We can offer help if you need to speak with a counselor or pastor. If you are carrying this burden, maybe it is time to ask for help.
Catholic Marriage Initiatives Fund awards Diocese of Evansville with $50,000 matching grant for PROJECT CANA (Catholic Accompaniment through Nurturing and Action)
The CMI grant is a three year matching grant that will focus on the following areas and programs:
Preparing Children and Youth for Marriage: Remote Marriage Preparation
Preparing Engaged Couples for Marriage: Immediate Marriage preparation (Spanish)
Joy-filled Marriage and Adventures in Marriage
Ongoing Marriage Enrichment
Marriage Enrichment Retreat (In Spanish) Using JFM and AIM
Adventures in Marriage
Accompanying Married Couples in Crisis
Building a Eucharistic Marriage
Accompanying Couples Who Are Separated or Divorced
Life Giving Wounds
Accompanying Couples toward Marriage in the Church: Convalidation (Spanish)
Using a combination of Joy-filled Marriage and Adventures in Marriage
Accompanying Couples Who Have Lost a Family Member, Especially a Child
2023 DIVORCE SUPPORT
INTERESTED IN STARTING A SURVIVING DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP IN YOUR PARISH OR AREA OF THE DIOCESE? CONTACT ERIC GIRTEN AT EGIRTEN@EVDIO.ORG. PROJECT CANA eligible
FOSTER CARE SURVEY
Parishes in our Diocese are working to create Take this quick survey about foster care (and adoption) needs in the diocese and help us create stronger care communities
2. Are you a current or past foster parent? (Circle one)
3. Would you like more information about parish assistance programs? (Circle one)
4. Would you like information on how to become a foster parent? (Circle one)
5. Are you interested in fostering a child? (Circle one)
6. Are you interested in providing tutoring for children in foster care? (Circle one)
7. Are you interested in preparing meals for foster care families? (Circle one)
8. Are you interested in babysitting for children in foster care? (Circle one)
9. Are you interested in assisting with transportation for foster care families (driving family members to appointments and other commitments)? (Circle one)
10. Are you interested in participating on a parish or diocesan team to increase awareness and support for foster/adoptive families?
11. Are you interested in serving on a parish prayer team for foster care families? (Circle one)
12. Do you know someone in your parish who is a current or past adoptive parent, foster parent, or CASA volunteer? (Circle one) If you answered yes to this question, please encourage them to complete this survey.
Please include your first and last name. __________________________________________________
Please include your email address.______________________________________________________
Grace Marriage is a quarterly Marriage ENRICHMENT program for couples who are already married in your parish. Couples meet quarterly for a few hours to discuss topics common to many if not all relationships. Give your marriage a little extra time and see where it takes you. Your parish can join other parishes that have already started this program! PROJECT CANA eligible
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your Wounds hide me. Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me. At the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to you.
That with your saints I may praise you. For ever and ever. Amen.
ERIC GIRTEN, LSW MPS DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE