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Natural Family Planning Classes in Athens (and Online)

? and Sharon Colvin, certified instructors for the Couple to Couple League, have announced a new series of Natural Family Planning Classes for 2017. CCL offers three types of classes to fit your schedule and preferred method of learning: OPTION 1: Live Onsite A series of three classes held in a classroom setting and taught by a certified teaching couple. Classes are spaced a month apart to give you a chance to practice what you learn. The cost for this option is $130. (See CALENDAR PAGE for scheduled classes.) OPTION 2: Live Online Similar to the onsite class but you meet live online, in a virtual classroom, with a certified teaching couple. You’ll see your teaching couple and have the ability to ask questions and get instant answers through a webcam or chat feature. The cost for this option is $130. OPTION 3: Self-paced Online This video based course teaches you NFP in a series of interactive lessons. You learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. You will be connected to a teaching couple who will be available by email or phone to help you along the way. The cost for this option is $99.


The Couple to Couple League provides instruction in a Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning. This method is based on an awareness of a woman’s fertility.  It takes just a few seconds each morning to take the woman’s waking temperature or to notice any cervical mucus throughout the day, and then couples spend a few moments at the end of the day to discuss the observations. Through this process couples have a complete picture of their fertility. To learn more, visit and click on Learn NFP from CCL, or contact Bob & Sharon Colvin at 740.707.0882 or



Revised Schedule for the Diocesan Respect Life Conference

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We are excited to welcome Janet Morana as the 2016 Keynote Speaker! Morana is the Executive Director of Priests for Life and the Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world’s largest mobilization of women and men who have lost children to abortion. She is also the Co-host of The Catholic View for Women seen on EWTN, and the author of a new book, Recall Abortion. As a national and international leader in the pro-life movement, she brings a wealth of insights and experiences to share with our participants. 




The fee for the conference is $20 (before October 3) or $25 (after October 3). Please contact Joe Schmidt (740-373-3643 or or Dan Hawrot (740-424-4100 or with any questions. See the CONFERENCE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.




26th Annual Healthy Attachments Conference Announces Speakers

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If you want help with INFERTILITY; if you are interested in learning about today’s effective methods of NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING; if you are married or single and looking for a way to treat WOMEN’S health problems other than using birth control pills then you need to come to a CREIGHTON MODEL FERTILITYCARE™ SYSTEM Introductory Session. The next Introductory Session will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Holy Family Center in Athens, Ohio. The fee for the session is $10. For more information or to register check the website or contact Eileen Sirois at



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The Diocese of Steubenville is organizing a special Marriage Enrichment Day to take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at St. Mary Basilica in Marietta. The event features a Mass offered by Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, a Keynote Presentation and a Luncheon. Childcare will also be available. The Keynote Presentation -- “Building A Eucharistic Marriage: How to Rekindle Our First Love” -- will be offered by Greg Schutte, the Director of Marriage Works! Ohio, a collaborative ministry that seeks to help build healthy families and healthy communities by providing marriage and relationship education for couples. A published author and musician, Greg has been married for 23 years and is the father of seven. The cost for the event is $10 per adult and $2 per child. All are invited to participate: married couples, those contemplating marriage, clergy who work with couples, etc. 
For more information, please visit the MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT DAY PAGE.

National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week - July 24-30, 2016 

nfpNatural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign.  The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.  2016 theme: Natural Family Planning, Love, Mercy, Life, opening the heart of marriage.
To learn more about Natural Family Planning, visit this page.
For resources for parishesplease visit this page.



Pope Francis publishes Apostolic Exhortation on Marriage and the Family

Francis published his long-anticipated Apostolic Exhortation on Marriage and the Family. Titled Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) it serves as the culmination of the two Synods of Bishops (in 2014 and 2015), the World Meeting of Families (in 2015) and the Pope's own extension catechesis on marriage and the family (given during his Wednesday audiences from 2014-2015, and also various homilies). It also serves as a collection, summary and reflection on previous teachings on the family from the Sacred Scriptures, the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, and the teachings of recent Popes (most notably Pope St. John Paul II).
The document is very beautiful and full of meaning. The full text is available on the Vatican website.
Leaders at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops held a press conference about the release of this document. Their comments are very insightful

NEW: Email Updates from the Office of Family and Social Concerns

emailIn an effort to keep people better informed about events and information related to the mission of the Office of Family and Social Concerns (ESPECIALLY PRO-LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY ISSUES), we are creating an email mailing list. We will be sending out occasional email updates (not every week!) to keep people in the loop about important information.
If you would like to be added to the list, please email us at Please direct any questions to Joe Schmidt ( or 740-373-3643).

5 Ways to a Stronger Family

The Archdiocese of Denver has created an inspiring and helpful video about family life. How can you make your family stronger? Watch the video to learn how! (Visit our Family Life page to access the video.)


Start Talking! Building a Drug-Free Future

A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives. The Catholic Bishops of Ohio issued a statement about the initiative. “Start Talking is a program designed by the state of Ohio to help equip families and communities to clearly communicate the important message of drug prevention,” the Bishops said. “We support this critical initiative and we encourage Ohioans to visit for details".




Looking for more information?  Check out these newsletters:

A Newsletter of the US Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

 Visit their website here.



 marriage monthly

    Visit their website here.




  National Catholic Rural Life Conference

   Learn more on their website.