The Office of Marriage and Family strives to provide resources and programs in support of faith and family life to the parishes and parishioners of the Diocese of Saint Cloud.

View a sample of our parenting resources below.

Message for Parents about Sexuality (PDF)


Parenting: Familiaris Consortio (PDF)

Tips for Parents of Teens (PDF)


Good on-line resources for parents:

Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids


Resources and Articles for Step Families

Did you know?

  • That one-third of all children in the US will have a stepparent by age 18 (50% will at some point in their lifetime).
  • On average, it takes more time for a child to adjust to a parent’s remarriage than to the original parental divorce.


Parenting Anecdotes

One Parent’s Story About Sexuality Ed. (PDF)


Advent Resources

Blessing of an Advent Wreath PDF

Blessing of a Christmas Tree   PDF

Blessing of Nativity Scene PDF

Celebrating Advent as a Family PDF

Continuing the Celebration:  The Christmas Season ends January 8   PDF



 Special Feast Days During Advent

December 6 – St Nicholas PDF

December 8 – Mary’s Immaculate Conception PDF

December 9 – St Juan Diego PDF and  Prayer to St Juan Diego PDF

December 12  – Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer of John Paul II  PDF

December 13 – St Lucy




Week of Holy Family and Solemnity of Mary

Holy Family – December 31, 2017 PDF

Prayer for Family Commitment PDF

Solemnity of Mary – January 1, 2018 PDF

Prayer in Communion with Mary PDF

Digital Retreat on the Holy Family





Week of the Solemnity of Epiphany of Our Lord

What is the Epiphany? January 8, 2018   PDF

Blessing of the Home and Household on Epiphany PDF

Baptism and the Dignity of the Human Person PDF

Baptism of the Lord – January 9, 2018 PDF




To learn more about parenting resources from the Office of Marriage and Family, call 320-252-4721 or email the director at