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 (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.
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 sucess stories from couples using NAPRO Technology, click here: SUCCESS STORIES.
Violence Prevention Resources
How can we help prevent violence in Catholic families?
By: Dr. Christauria Welland
Book available for loan:Diocesan library
https://mfsdiocese.ca/ Scroll down after "Focus on Reconciliation" to "Focus on Healing"
Natural Family Planning
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.
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.
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)