Marriage, Family and Respect Life: News


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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is sponsoring a nation-wide novena to pray for a greater respect for human life. The novena highlights a different intention each day and includes reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions.
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Diocesan Celebration for Families!

3m5ppopican6yh0i8qm9xjtho3l.jpgIn recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical, Humanae Vitae, the Diocese of Steubenville will be hosting a special event. Married couples and families are invited to join Bishop Jeffrey Monforton and the Natural Family Planning Instructors from across the diocese to celebrate the Church’s beautiful teachings on married love and the gift of new life. The event will include a Mass at 11:00 AM followed by a potluck meal. It will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Benedict Church (701 Gomber Ave, Cambridge Ohio). Please RSVP with the number of people attending from your family by contacting Joe Schmidt of the Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life at or 740-373-3643. Come and enjoy fellowship and support in living out this beautiful vocation.



Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, an "Entering Canaan” Day of Prayer and Healing for women who are suffering as a result of an abortion. The day will be led by Theresa Bonopartis, developer of the ministry, and hosted by Project Rachel of the Diocese of Steubenville. There is no charge for the retreat but a freewill offering will be taken up.   For further information and confidential reservations please call or text 740-275-7038 or email  Come and experience the merciful healing of God!



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

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 marriage monthly

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  National Catholic Rural Life Conference

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