Marriage, Family and Respect Life: News


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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



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

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  National Catholic Rural Life Conference

   Learn more on their website.