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Family and Adult Ministry seeks to provide a comprehensive approach for enriching Catholic family life through many areas:
 
Annulments – a process for persons who have been previously married whether married in the Catholic Church or not. All previous marriages must be reviewed by the Catholic Church’s Marriage Tribunal office prior to a marriage in the Catholic Church. The process offers an opportunity for healing and reconciling with the Church. There is NO CHARGE to introduce a case. For a brochure explaining the annulment process, click here.
 
Baptism Formation for Parents – the preparatory seminar for parents who desire to have their children under the age of 7 baptized. The seminar is held, usually, on the first Saturday of the month in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November, 9am-1pm. (Some holidays might affect this schedule.) Monday evening seminar is held in a two-session format during March, June and September, 7- 9pm. (Both sessions are required.) Pre-registration is required for the seminar. Cost: $25.00 per family. For registration brochure with dates, click here.
 
Convalidation of a Civil Marriage – a process for a “new declaration of intent” in the Catholic Church. It has previously erroneously been referred to as a “blessing” of a civil marriage. A marriage enrichment seminar and a marriage enrichment assessment are required prior to the convalidation of the marriage. For more information about our upcoming program in this ministry, click here.  The next workshop will be held Saturday, August 27th 8:30 am-3:30 pm.  Pre-registration is required; cost is $100.
  
Divorced, Separated, Widowed Ministry – a support process is available to assist persons who are struggling in these areas to move toward healing and personal and spiritual growth. Referrals to weekend retreats, seminars and other resources are available. For more information about our upcoming program in this ministry, click here.
 
Engaged Couples Ministry – a process for discernment and preparation for a lifetime marital relationship. Engaged couples are asked to meet with the Director of Family & Adult Ministry six to nine months prior to their desired wedding date. Participation in a pre-marital assessment and a marriage education seminar are required.
 
Grief Ministry – offers a process for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The New Day Grief Recovery process is a nine session series that offers persons who are grieving the opportunity to move toward healing. The New Day process is offered in the fall and in the spring. For more information about our upcoming program in this ministry, click here.  The next session will begin in October. 
 
 
Married Couples Ministry – provides opportunities for marriage enhancement and offers skills for fostering healthy marital relationships through communication, effective conflict resolutions, family of origin issues, finances, marital spirituality, marital intimacy, etc. (Please note that weekend retreats and seminars are also available for couples who are struggling in their marriages.)
 
 
Parenting Ministry – provides opportunities for enrichment/support for parents of all ages and stages. Periodic seminars are available, as well as, non-gathering opportunities for parents. A Parenting Ministry newsletter is published several times during the year. Click here for the latest Family Pulse Newsletter.
 
Parenting the Love and Logic Way is presented to the community regularly. Click here for the upcoming series; OR call Donna Ludolph Petri, LPC at 972.692.4569 or email: dlpetri@stjosephcc.net 
 
Safe Conversations (R) – an educational eight hour workshop that teaches an effective and safe process to have a conversation. Safe Conversations (R) communication techniques offer participants the opportunity to strengthen relationships at work, at school, and most importantly - at home. Click here for our upcoming workshop, OR call Mary Robinson at 972.692.4586.