Family


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.


NATIONAL WEEK FOR LIFE AND THE FAMILY

We are Catholics from all three archdioceses in Manitoba: Archdiocese of St. Boniface, Archdiocese of Winnipeg, and Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, working together to organize events, promote prayer and reflection within our families.


 

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NEW YEARLY DIOCESAN EVENT: FERTILITY HEALTH AWARENESS SEMINAR

Fertility Health Awareness Seminar

 

The Marriage, Family and Life Service of the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface is pleased to offer a Free, Fertility Health Awareness Seminar with sessions in both the fall 2020 (Online via Zoom) and spring 2021 (in-person or online depending on current Covid-19 situations).  


This seminar gives couples and individuals the opportunity to discover Natural Family Planning (NFP) & to find a method that fits their needs. Attendees will receive certified teaching on one of the following five methods of NFP/Fertility Care:
 

Online Fall Session:

December 1, 2020 (6:30-9:00 pm) 
Marquette Method

December 3, 2020 (6:30-9:00 pm)
 
Billings Ovulation Method

Registration deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020

 

Spring Session:


June 12, 2021  (Time/location to be determined)
Method options:

Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

 

Click on the links above to find out more about each NFP/Fertility Care Method.                Click on the poster to view.

There is no cost to participate, however registration is required!

Some NFP methods may require the purchase of materials or resources beyond the introductory session. For more information, please click on the links.

Please register online at: bit.ly/fhas-registration


For more information:

Sophie: mfl@archsaintboniface.ca/ 204-594-0274  OR Nadine: mfl2@archsaintboniface.ca204-594-0295

 


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 (www.serenamb.com), 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.

 

An introduction to Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning (NFP) from the perspective of a young couple sharing how NFP has empowered and brought joy and freedom to their marriage.

 

 
Professional athletes, Mike Sweeney and Philip Rivers share their personal insights and perspectives on natural family planning. 

Mike Sweeney- NFL Quarterback, shares his thoughts on initially using contraception in his marriage vs natural family planning. 

Philip Rivers speaks about his transition from an initial response to NFP through a reluctant obedience of his Catholic faith, but how his relationship, intimacy and connection with his wife was ultimately impacted.

 

Fertility Awareness based methods vs Hormonal Contraceptives

     Learn about Fertility Based Awareness Methods to understand your hormones & your health!                                  Taught by Catholic OB/Gyn Physician - Dr. Monique Ruberu  


INFERTILITY  

 

Infertility is a painful reality for many couples. NAPRO Technology (www.naprotechnology.com) 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 success stories from couples using NaPro Technology, click here: SUCCESS STORIES.

         
       Learn about NaPro Technology in treating infertility in a natural and cost effective way.                         
Taught by Catholic OB/Gyn Physician - Dr. Monique Ruberu  


 
Host a Screening of "WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?"

A short film on the importance of Faith & Family on the Journey to Sobriety.

 

"The far-reaching effects of addiction are ripping through communities across the country. In his new film What About the Kids? writer and director Jim Wahlberg gives us a poignant look into the true cost of this epidemic through the eyes of Chloe, an 8-year-old girl whose parents are addicted to opioids. Informed by his own battle with addiction, Wahlberg’s film is a touching narrative that illuminates the importance of faith and family on the journey to sobriety." 

 
                                 Click on poster or trailer to view:

 

National Addiction Awareness Week is:
Sunday, November 22nd to Saturday November 28th 
Host a screening at your parish then or anytime!

Want to learn how to host a FREE Screening at your Church?

For more information, including FREE resources such as an:

  • Event guide, Discussion Guides, Promotional Poster
    and a free link to the Video, or to order a DVD, please:

Click HERE

 

No Movie License needed!!  All Resources free of charge!



Did you know:
 "At least 1 in 5 Canadians experience problems with alcohol, drugs or gambling during their lifetime." 

"Many more are affected by someone they care about experiencing these struggles. People of all ages and backgrounds experience these issues – and make positive changes."  -Addictions foundation of Manitoba.

NEED HELP NOW?

Mobile Crisis Service
 204-940-1781

Kids Help Phone - Text or Live Chat - Click here

Need help now? You can reach a professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868.


For local addictions support, please contact the:
 
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. 

Manitoba Addictions Helpline (toll-free): 1-855-662-6605
Email: MBAddictionHelp@afm.mb.ca

For a list of additional resources and support, please Click here.


 

Challenge & Conquest - Catholic Youth Ministry 


Learn more about this awesome boys and girls club in Winnipeg for children and youth ages 8 years and up. 

Click below to view a video on Challenge/Conquest      Click on the poster for information 

 

 


BREAKING FREE FROM PORNOGRAPHY

 

Join Matt Fradd and discover the keys to a life of freedom from Pornography through the STRIVE 21-Day Challenge         

There's NO COST! -for a limited time

STRIVE retails for $49. But because of an underwriter who is covering a portion of the cost for a limited time, we are offering you access to STRIVE at NO COST!

Register Today.
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 Other pornography resources: 

   www.xxxchurch.com/

 


DISCONNECTING MEDIA & RECONNECTING FAMILY

 

 

Discover how to use media as a positive tool for connecting families & maintaining a healthy balance with both social media and technology.

Presenter: Clayton Imoo, Director - Youth and Young Adult Ministry (Archdiocese of Vancouver). Presented: May 18, 2018.

 

To view the video, click here. (Viewing time: 1h). 

 


VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESOURCES

Books:

How can we help prevent violence in Catholic families?
By: Dr. Christauria Welland

Book available for loan: Archdiocese of St. Boniface library

 

 

FREE download in 6 Languages:  

http://paxinfamilia.org/

 

 

 

 

Other Resources:

https://mfsdiocese.ca/  Scroll down after "Focus on Reconciliation" to "Focus on Healing"

https://mfsdiocese.ca/focus-on-healing/ending-violence-in-our-families/more-1713

 


 

 

Natural Family Planning
and Infertility

Sympto-Thermal Method: www.serenamb.com ; www.serena.ca

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: www.woomb.org ; www.woomb.ca

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

Creighton Method: www.fertilitycare.org/creighton-model

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: http://nfp.marquette.edu

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.

Online Class options- Marquette:
https://www.mmnfp.com/learn

https://www.vitaefertility.com/pricing/


MyFertilityMD:
www.myfertilitycycle.com

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 : www.naprotechnology.com

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: www.fertilitycare.ca

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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