The Service of Marriage, Family and Life strives to include families and children in all organized diocesan activities and events. The service also supports activities that celebrate, affirm and enrich families in the Archdiocese.

Please take note of other local groups and initiatives offering activities or suggesting resources for families, on the right side of this web page.

We also promote a natural approach to family planning and infertility problems.


Natural family planning

Natural family planning is a safe and natural method of family planning that allows for individuals and couples to thrive. There are different methods based on observing a woman’s cycle; a few of which use technological inputs. Serena (, a non-profit organisation, offers monthly information sessions about the sympto-thermal method. For more information on Serena and other methods of natural family planning, see the other resources for natural family planning and infertility, on the right side of this web page.



Infertility is a painful reality for many couples. NAPRO Technology ( offers solutions that are natural, effective and in line with Catholic teachings to conceive a child.

Fertility Care Toronto is a medical clinic that offers a fertility program using NAPRO Technology.  Several manitoban couples recieve fertility care remotely from this clinic.  To speak with one of these couples who is happy to share their success story with this program, please contact the Service of Marriage, Family and Life.

To read more sucess stories from couples using NAPRO Technology, click here: SUCCESS STORIES.


Other Resources for
the Family


Local Groups and Initiatives

Holy Family Ministries:
Louis and Mary: 204-694-5790;
Dominique and Louise: 204-237-4415

This group of Catholic families, based in Winnipeg and open to all, organizes annual activities including a summer camp for families, a celebration on the Eve of All Saints’ Day and get-togethers all year long.

Women’s Fellowship :
Dawn M.: 204-237-9059 or
Dawn K.: 204-237-6330

A group of Catholic women who meet regularly in the evening at Holy Cross Parish. Open to all women from all parishes: single, married and mothers. The program includes videos, discussions, prayers and refreshments.

Mom’s Time Out:
Dawn: 204-237-6330

Informal get-togethers for mothers every Wednesday morning, from 10 a.m. to noon, with potluck snack and a brief time of prayer. Please call for more information.


Natural Family Planning
and Infertility

Sympto-Thermal Method: ;

The observation of several signs of the woman’s fertility: basal body temperature, cervical mucus and cervix changes. The menstrual cycle is divided into three phases: relatively infertile, fertile and definitely infertile.

Billings Method: ;

The observation of cervical mucus only. Fertile and infertile days are identified.

Creighton Method:

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS), a standardized modification of the Billings Ovulation Method, includes follow-ups with resource people. In connection with NaProTechnology.

Marquette Method:

The observation of several signs of the woman’s fertility in addition to the use of the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor: Low fertility, high fertility and peak fertility as shown by this monitor indicate the probabilities of conceiving.


This is one of many smart phone applications, that can also be used on computers. MyFertilityMD allows a woman to record daily her preferred fertility symptoms (cervical mucus, temperature, data from the fertility monitor etc.) In addition, it allows women to ask any questions that may arise to doctors who are up-to-date on natural family planning methods.

NaProTechnology :

NaProTechnology is the abbreviation of ‘Natural Procreative Technology. It is a new medical science of human reproduction that uses up-to-the minute medical and surgical techniques to facilitate conception in normal sexual relations.

Fertility Care:

This system uses the Creighton Method, as well as NaProTechnology, in order to treat gynecological dysfunctions in women, and is used also for couples with low fertility or who have repeated miscarriages. (Office in Toronto)

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