Family Life Office

Our Mission

The mission of the office of Family Life is to provide services that affirm the sacredness of life, the sanctity of marriage, the sacramentality of the family, and a Christian lifestyle, through all phases of human growth and development. Services are provided in the spirit of the Catholic vision of the family as the "domestic Church" and a "school of holiness." Activities include formation and continuing support in the areas of marriage preparation, marriage enrichment and dissolution, natural family planning, human sexuality, Theology of the Body, and chaste living.

►Encounter. Transform. Witness.


Bishop Joe Vásquez celebrated Mass for the Movement of Catholic Families in the Diocese of Austin on January 7, 2017 at St. William, Round Rock.


Committee On Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Administration’s Announcement To Build A Wall At U.S.-Mexico Border, Increase Detention And Deportation Forces

 
January 25, 2017

WASHINGTON—

In regards to the announcement of the planned surge in immigrant detention and deportation forces, Bishop Vasquez added:

"The announced increase in immigrant detention space and immigration enforcement activities is alarming. It will tear families apart and spark fear and panic in communities. While we respect the right of our federal government to control our borders and ensure security for all Americans, we do not believe that a large scale escalation of immigrant detention and intensive increased use of enforcement in immigrant communities is the way to achieve those goals. Instead, we remain firm in our commitment to comprehensive, compassionate, and common-sense reform. We fear that the policies announced today will make it much more difficult for the vulnerable to access protection in our country. Everyday my brother bishops and I witness the harmful effects of immigrant detention in our ministries. We experience the pain of severed families that struggle to maintain a semblance of normal family life. We see traumatized children in our schools and in our churches. The policies announced today will only further upend immigrant families."

Moving forward after the announcement, Bishop Vasquez noted:

"We will continue to support and stand in solidarity with immigrant families. We remind our communities and our nation that these families have intrinsic value as children of God. And to all those impacted by today's decision, we are here to walk with you and accompany you on this journey."

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National Marriage Week 
 February 7-14, 2017
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MARRIAGE PREPARATION

"Marriage is the commitment of love between a man and a woman...  We believe that the sacrament of matrimony or vocation of marriage is one of the primary ways that we as individuals encounter Jesus Christ" (Bishop Joe Vásquez, Catholic Spirit, 6/2015).

Preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church is a joyful journey that you are about to begin. The protocols and steps to follow are outlined here. (Read More...)


Marriage Enrichment

  • Are you married now? Are you thinking about getting married? Either way, you can receive support on your journey. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a new website full of resources and information on how you can live happily ever after; click below:

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  • The following organizations provide marriage enrichment in English and Spanish in the Diocese of Austin:
  1. Austin Marriage Encounter - http://www.austinme.org
  2. Retrouvaille – http://www.retrouvaille.org
  3. Counceling Services - Contact Catholic Charities or click HERE

 

POPE FRANCIS CORNER

Do not be afraid to invite Jesus to your wedding feast, to invite Him to our home, that He may be with us and safeguard the family.  And we mustn't be afraid to also invite his Mother Mary!  When Christians marry "in the Lord," they are transformed into an effective sign of God's love.  Christians do not marry for themselves alone: they marry in the Lord for the good of the entire community, society as a whole. -Pope Francis, April 29

 

THE JOY OF LOVE (AMORIS LAETITIA): Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family

April 8, 2016 Pope Francis released his new apostolic exhortation ("Amoris Laetitia").  It covers a wide range of topics related to marriage and family life.  The exhortation encourages married couples, families, and pastoral ministers to accompany families and others in the world.

Click HERE for a copy of the document

Click HERE for more resources

The Family: The First and Most Important School of MERCY

... the family is the first school of love and consequently the first school of mercy.  However, the family is not embraced by the culture and rather is rebutted by fears of commitment, responsibility, and sacrifice...READ MORE


Year of Mercy: click on the picture for resources