Catholics believe that marriage comes as a gift from the hand of God. The Catholic vision of marriage is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is expressed in the teachings and practices of the Church. The Catholic Church teaches us that marriage is an intimate, exclusive and permanent partnership of a man and a woman which exists for the good of […]

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Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry Schedule

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The Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group meets every second and fourth Monday of the month (except holidays) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls. For a pamphlet or information call 905-356-4113 or 905-684-0154, or email To download S&D Healing Ministry pamphlet click here   Program Schedule

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Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry


This support group seeks to make God’s love visible by extending compassion to those who are separated or divorced, by striving to create greater awareness that their anguish can become a source of new personal and spiritual growth for themselves and a source of grace for the whole community, while always affirming our Catholic teachings and values on marriage and family life.

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A Lifeline for Troubled Marriage This program is designed to support marriages in crisis and can be of assistance to couples who have separated, but are willing to work on their relationship to help repair the difficulties that exist. “…marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” The weekend is not a […]

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Natural Family Planning


 What is natural family planning? Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a highly effective, safe approach that allows couples to work together in managing their fertility. By learning and observing the natural changes in a woman’s body, couples learn when the woman is fertile and infertile. NFP is safe, environmentally friendly and has no costs associated with it. NFP conforms to […]

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Catholic Engaged Encounter 2018

Marriage Prep

Catholic Engaged Encounter is a marriage preparation program recognized by the Diocese of St. Catharines. CEE provides quality marriage preparation in a weekend retreat format. The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together and who are considered “free to marry” according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The […]

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Nova Scotia Couple is the Longest Married Couple in Canada


MARRIED 80 YEARS, MEET BILL AND BERTIE NICKERSON OF NOVA SCOTIA Worldwide Marriage Encounter Canada honours Bill and Bertie Nickerson, from Liverpool, NS as the Longest Married Couple in Canada for 2015-2016. Kerri Nickerson, who nominated her grandparents, said the Nickerson’s years together has provided them and their family with many wonderful memories. “They have a history chock full of […]

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Bishop Bergie with CHCH News on “The Joy of Love”


Bishop Gerard Bergie was interviewed by CHCH News about Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love”. The papal document speaks about the joy of love in family life, in marriage and also the pain that comes with it, Bishop Bergie said. On more controversial topics such as divorce and remarriage, Bishop Bergie pointed out that the pontifical […]

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Pope Francis Reforms Annulment Procedures


On September 8th, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio entitled Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge) introducing significant changes to the procedures for marriage nullity cases. These changes will come into effect on December 8th. The changes pertain only to procedural law. There is no change in the church’s constant teaching on the nature of marriage. There […]

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