Marriage and Family Ministry
The Pastoral Priority for 2016-2017 is the Pastoral Care of Families. Families are the cells, the basic building blocks of society. In order to achieve world peace, we must first achieve peace in the family. Ministry to families begins with marriage preparation for the engaged. The Diocese of Las Cruces has partnered with the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team (TOBET) for marriage preparation that is rooted in Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which is a transforming teaching on the meaning of the body, to include complementarity between men and women, the spousal meaning of the body, and the sacramental vision of marriage. This marriage preparation program covers practical, down-to-earth topics in order to form couples to live healthy, holy marriages. Ministry to families continues with baptism preparation, marriage enrichment and natural family planning. It also includes ministry to those in troubled marriages.
Marriage and Family Ministry is essential to living out the faith in our everyday lives as we are all a part of a family and we learn to love, handle conflict, and forgive within families. A certification in marriage and family ministry will help ensure that our families have strong, well-formed leaders helping them to live out loving marriages and having strong, holy families.
More information will be available as the institute continues to evolve. In the meantime, for more information, please visit theDiocese of Las Cruces Web Site.