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 2017

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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Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry Schedule: Fall 2016 – Summer 2017


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 Download S&D Healing Ministry pamphlet here Program Schedule for Fall 2016 – Summer 2017 September […]

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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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Bishop Bergie’s CKTB Interview on Pope Francis’ Reforms of Annulment Procedures


On September 8, the Holy See released a pair of documents by Pope Francis which reform the Church’s procedures for cases of marriage nullity. Listen to Bishop Gerard Bergie’s comments on the procedural changes in an interview with Tim Denis, 610 CKTB Radio, St. Catharines, September 10, 2015. Read more about Pope Francis’ reforms on the procedures for declarations of marriage nullity: […]

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Marriage Tribunal


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 the spouses and the procreation and education of children. Marriage is brought into being by the voluntary and deliberate exchange of consent (marriage vows) of the parties. For the good of all concerned (spouses, […]

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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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