The Family Life Ministry

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The mission of the Family Life Office is to be faithful to the Diocesan vision, demonstrating respect for families and individuals, serving with joy to convey Christ's message of love working in collaboration with other Diocesan departments and community organizations to further true catholic beliefs

Our Diocesan Vision:    Building unity within our diocesan community        

The Family Life Office responds in faith to the spiritual needs of God's people throughout the natural life cycle by enriching their journey of faith. This ministry currently conducts educational and enrichment activities for:

  • Marriage Preparation
  • Natural Family Planning
  • Understanding Sexuality
  • Respect Life Awareness
  • Marriage Support

Mrs. Martha E. Miller, Family Life Director
Mrs. Alma A. Flores, Family Life Secretary
Rev. R. Anthony Mendoza, Respect Life Spiritual Director

~Marriage Preparation~

  • Guidance for couples
  • Perspectives on Marriage exercises
  • Pre-Cana Retreat
  • Vocation discernment and engagement period
  • Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage
  • Marriage as a continually developing interpersonal relationship
  • The art of love and communication
  • The virtues and difficulties of conjugal life
  • The gift and responsibility of conjugal sexuality
  • Responsible parenthood and the gift of procreation
  • Educating children in God's love
  • Constructing a well-ordered family life
  • Living a life of faith
  • Creating a family apostolate

        F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions on the Pre-Cana Classes


~Natural Family Planning~

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops mandates that each diocese in the United States "help couples deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood through both education and pastoral care." In response, the diocesan office offers the following:

  • Competent NFP education within the context of Catholic moral and sacramental teaching on human sexuality, marriage & family life
  • Orientation to NFP at Pre-Cana retreats for engaged and civilly married couples
  • NFP material for enrollees in certified classes


 ~Understanding Sexuality~
The mission of the Understanding Sexuality Program is to evangelize the People of God through the Church's teachings on reproduction and the sanctity of human sexuality. Currently this program offers:

  • Formation sessions advocating Humanae Vitae
  • Distribution of educational materials


~Respect Life~

  • The Respect Life Ministry serves as a resource for both clergy and laity to address all pro-life issues from conception to natural death.
  • January Pro-Life Rosary Walk
  • Life Chain during October, Respect Life month
  • October Respect Life Mass
  • Distribution of educational materials


~MarriageSupport Program                                                                                                            The Marriage Support Program's mission is to enrich marriages by providing spiritual and moral guidance to the sacramental union and focus on its call to Faith and Love. An appointment is necessary to see the Counselor.  Please call the office for more detailed information.


~Family Talks

The Family Talks are series of presentations conducted at different parishes targeting important issues affecting families -the domestic church.

Ministies currently under development/implementation

  • Marriage Convalidation Retreat
  • Marriage/Families Enrichment
  • Parenting/Step Parenting

If you are interested in serving in the Family Life Office Ministries, please contact the Director, Mrs. Martha E. Miller or Mrs. Alma Flores, Secretary, at the number listed below:
Telephone: 956.727.2140
Fax: 956.764.7842
1201 Corpus Christi St.,  Pastoral Center
Laredo, TX 78040

For ideas and advice on family and marriage log on to the following web site:

For resources to assist you or others on the painful process of Divorce visit this web site:



 Please contact Family Life Office  at least:   

       6 months   

    prior to your wedding  to register for your Pre-Cana                                                      

2013 Pre-Cana Retreat Schedule 


October~No Pre-Cana

November 9 & 10

December  7 & 8


2014 Pre-Cana Retreat Schedule

January 11 & 12

February 1 & 2


April 5 & 6

May 3 & 4

June 7 & 8

July 12 & 13

August 2 & 3

September 6 & 7


November 8 & 9

December 6 & 7



Pre-Cana Registration Form




Upcoming Events in the  Family Life Department


October 6th

Life Chain on the sidewalks of McPherson Blvd. From 2:00 - 3:00 PM. Call  (956) 727-2140  for more information

October 12th

Family Life Ministers Meeting at the Pastoral Center

November  5th

Protecting Children from the Dangers of the New Media        St. Patrick Church Hall      7:30-9:00 PM


Ferias Familiares at the Missions: October thru November 2013


   Acivities scheduled 

             for 2014


January 19th, 2014

Rosary Walk


February 8th, 2014

Wedding Anniversary Mass at San Agustin Cathedral