Frequently Asked Questions2021-03-29T17:15:00-06:00
Q: Where are the offices of the Diocese of St. Cloud located?2021-03-29T17:17:37-06:00

Diocesan offices are located in three separate buildings:

  • The Chancery (includes offices for the bishop, vicar general, finance, pastoral planning and archives): 214 Third Ave., South, St. Cloud, MN 56301; Phone: (320) 251-2340; Fax: (320) 251-0470.
  • Pastoral Center (includes offices for marriage and family, tribunal, vocations, multicultural ministries, Catholic Education Ministries, worship, communications and development): 305 Seventh Ave., North, St. Cloud, MN 56303; Phone: (320) 258-7600.
  • St. Cloud Mission Office: 11 – 8th Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301; Phone: (320) 251-1100; Fax: (320) 251-2061.

Q: How do I contact the bishop?2021-03-29T17:18:20-06:00

The bishop’s office can be contacted through his administrative assistant, Colleen Haider, by email at chaider@gw.stcdio.org, by phone at (320) 251-2340; or by mail at: Office of the Bishop, P.O. Box 1248, St. Cloud, MN 56302-1248.

Q: How do I contact a specific office of the diocese?2021-03-29T10:51:30-06:00

A list of offices and contact information can be found at https://stcdio.org/about/directory.

Q: I have a question about diocesan finances. Who should I contact?2021-03-29T17:18:02-06:00

Contact the diocesan Finance Officer at (320) 251-2340 or by writing to: Finance Office, P.O. Box 1248, St. Cloud, MN 56302-1248.

Q: How is an annulment process started?2020-11-23T13:59:26-06:00
A: The Tribunal of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has established a policy that the annulment process will not be started until six months after issuance of the final divorce decree.

No wedding date must be set until an affirmative decision has been rendered.
The annulment process requires the following:

A)
The petitioner contacts his/her parish priest or a Tribunal staff member in order to petition and begin the annulment procedure. Your parish priest can give you the correct annulment form or you can print it from this website. Please see “Annulment Forms”, to print off the correct form needed at the left of this page.
1) The petitioner needs to present the following documents at the time of the application:
a) Baptismal certificate of self and of former spouse.
b) Certificate of marriage.
c) Divorce decree (Final Judgment).
d) Current address of former spouse. (this is required)
e) The Diocese of St. Cloud will no longer be charging a set fee for annulments. If you wish to make a donation to help defray the cost(s) of the work of the Tribunal, it would be greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to: Tribunal of the Diocese of St. Cloud or you may go to: https://www.stcdio.org/pay to make an online donation under “Tribunal-Annulments”.
2) The petitioner has a recorded preliminary interview (conducted by a parish priest, deacon, or a Tribunal Staff Member)  -OR-  writes a narrative that covers in depth the following factual information about the petitioner and his/her former spouse:
a) Description of childhood and home life of self and former spouse. Alcoholism or chemical addiction in family background?
b) Description of dating process and maturity of self and former spouse.
c) Description of how the decision to marry was reached.
d) Description of ability to communicate and resolve conflicts.
e) Description of problems that developed in the marriage and when they began.
f) Description of attempted solutions to the problems.
g) Description of performance of roles of husband/wife, father/mother.
h) Description of how the decision to divorce was reached.

B)
 When there are ground(s) for a declaration of nullity, the Tribunal will contact both, the petitioner and the respondent.

C)
 Prior to the formal hearing you, the petitioner, must complete and return the witness list. Witnesses include 2-3 adult people who knew you prior to and during your marriage and can give us information about the marriage. At the time of the formal hearing you, the petitioner, must bring these witnesses in with you. A witness can be a brother, sister, parent, friend, co-worker, neighbor or a member of the wedding party.  Witnesses should not all be relatives. We do not interview children of the marriage. At the formal hearing the petitioner and the witnesses will be questioned privately and information obtained in the interview will not be shared with anyone except the members of the Court.

D)
 If the petition comes to formal hearing the following will occur:
1) All testimony is gathered and sent to the Court Members.
2) Advocate and the Defender of the Bond present their briefs to the Judge.
3) Judge(s) renders a decision.
4) Both the petitioner and the respondent have the right to appeal the decision of the Court of First Instance.
5) Judge’s decision is sent to Appeal Court, the Court of Second Instance. (only if appealed by either the petitioner or the respondent)
6) When decision is returned from Appeal Court, the Court of Second Instance, the petitioner and the respondent will be notified of decision. Or, it stays in-house and the petitioner and respondent are notified of the decision.
7) A vetitum (prohibition) may be attached to the decision, requiring that either or both spouses must attend professional counseling with a counselor approved by the Tribunal before being allowed to marry in the Catholic Church. The average length for the Tribunal to process a petition is 12 months. (Unless it is appealed to the higher court, that average length is 18-24 months.) No wedding date can be set until an affirmative decision has been rendered. The Court could require that you participate in an evaluation or counseling with your intended spouse. This requirement is made so that your future marriage may be happy and fulfilling.

Please note that the decision will be rendered in a timely fashion and is not contingent on full payment of fee.
If you have additional questions about annulment procedures, contact the Diocese of Saint Cloud Office of The Tribunal: (320) 251-6557
Q: How much does the annulment procedure cost?2020-08-05T14:58:12-06:00

A: As of July 1, 2016, the Tribunal of the Diocese of St. Cloud will no longer be charging a set fee for annulments. With the promulgation of Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio Mitis Judex Dominus Jesus, this fee has been eliminated. There are many expenses involved in the process and to help defray these expenses, you may wish to make a donation. https://www.stcdio.org/pay.

Q: Who can apply for an annulment?2020-07-11T07:41:36-06:00
A: Almost always, a person seeking an annulment is someone who has been married, is now divorced for six months and wishes to marry again, specifically in the Catholic Church.

Divorced people, no matter what their religious affiliation, have a carefully protected right in this Church to ask the Church to determine whether or not their previous marriage was valid. If they are not of the Catholic faith, they seek this generally because they wish to remarry, and the intended spouse is a Catholic who wants the marriage to be recognized by the Catholic Church. We respect the vows of marriage of all people, no matter what their religious affiliation is. Members of the Catholic Church, however, are bound to have their marriage recognized by the Church. This is why members of other churches must often go through an annulment process before they can marry someone in the Catholic Church.

If you do not see the information you were looking for under Annulments, visit FAQs about annulments.

Q: Does the diocese have a handbook or manual on how to research various archives/databases for history, artifacts, documents, records, attendance, or library materials pertaining to a particular church?2021-03-29T10:54:35-06:00

Contact the diocesan archives by calling the Chancery at (320) 251-2340.

Q: How can I find marriage or baptismal certificate?2021-03-29T10:58:33-06:00

Contact the diocesan archives by calling the Chancery at (320) 251-2340.

Why take Mass counts?2020-09-25T12:55:36-06:00

Twice a year, in July and October, the Diocese of Saint Cloud requests Parish Mass counts from all parishes in the Diocese. This information is used in a variety of ways. Mass counts provide key information for the parish profile. The parish profile is updated every year and given to the Bishop, as a snapshot of the parish, when he goes to parishes for the sacrament of Confirmation. We also share the parish profile with parish priests annually. In addition to the parish profile, we use the information and the seating capacity to help determine number of Masses a parish may need in a given church. This helps in determining priest’s workload and ministry. Over time, we analyze parish life trends.

What is an Area Catholic Community?2020-09-25T12:53:36-06:00

An Area Catholic Community consists of two or more parishes in a given area. Every parish in the Diocese of Saint Cloud is part of an Area Catholic Community. All Area Catholic Communities will collaborate to provide for the pastoral and spiritual needs of all. As Area Catholic Communities share resources, talents, and efforts we hope to reenergize Catholics so all parishes thrive in the Diocese of Saint Cloud.

The following are values that provide the foundation for our Area Catholic Communities:

  • As Catholic Christians by virtue of our baptism we have the responsibility to carry out the priestly, prophetic and kingly roles in the parish and community
  • Every parish has something unique and special to bring to the Area Catholic Community
  • Leaders from each parish together play an important role in providing the leadership for the needs of the whole Area Catholic Community
  • Every Area Catholic Community celebrates the Sunday Eucharist weekly

If you do not see the information you were looking for under the Area Catholic Communities, visit the FAQs about the Area Catholic Communities.

Q: I want to send in my donation to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Where can I mail it?2021-03-29T10:55:42-06:00

Mail it to: Anna Kampa, Development and Stewardship associate, P.O. Box 1538, St. Cloud, MN  56302. Individual donations can be made online at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal Questions? Call (320) 258-7654 or email akampa@gw.stcdio.org

If you do not see the information you were looking for under the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, visit the Bishop’s Annual Appeal page.

I would like to know more about Catholic schools. Where should I start?2021-01-06T13:39:28-06:00

Visit the “Schools” link. You will be able to locate the school or schools closest to your home. You can contact the school for the information. Website links are available for all the Catholic schools in the diocese to learn more about their mission, faculty and staff, core curriculum and community.

Are Catholic schools just for Catholics?2021-01-06T13:58:18-06:00

No!  The mission of Catholic education is to serve our communities through excellent, holistic, faith-centered academic and formational programs that allow Catholic and non-Catholic students to succeed. In our schools, students learn about the teachings and values of the Catholic faith, experience prayer and worship, and practice what they have learned in personal and communal ways. Catholic schools are outward-oriented, and reach into our communities in order to share and celebrate gifts and beliefs. Families of other traditions are most welcome to inquire and learn more.

What requirements does the Diocese have for children who are homeschooled?2021-01-06T13:20:58-06:00

In an effort to support our parishes and empower parish leadership, the responsibility of education people belongs to the parishes where the individual(s) worship. If someone has a question about homeschool their child for all academics, or for their faith formation, their questions should be directed to their parish faith formation leader.  Catholic Education Ministries will gladly be a resource to the parish leaders if there are questions.

What preparation is required for my child to receive the sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation?2021-01-06T14:00:22-06:00

Most sacramental preparation is done at the parish level.  There are no requirements from the diocese regarding the preparation for the sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation beyond what is required by the parishes. The diocese does have Sacramental Preparation Guidelines for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which can be found on the Resources page of Catholic Education Ministries, https://stcdio.org/cem/cem-resources/. Parishes are expected to offer a program for sacramental preparation for Confirmation that meets these guidelines.

Is there a specific formation curriculum required to be used in the Diocese of Saint Cloud?2021-01-06T14:01:14-06:00

The short answer is no, there is no required curriculum. The diocese does have Faith Formation Standards which can be found in the resources portion of the Catholic Education Ministries website, https://stcdio.org/cem/cem-resources/. Parishes are welcome to use the curriculum that they feel is best for their congregation. We do ask that the curriculum of choice meets the Faith Formation Standards of the Diocese of Saint Cloud and has an imprimatur.

My child is interested in attending Castaway, the Senior High Youth Rally, the Middle School Youth Rally, or another event hosted by the Diocese of Saint Cloud. How do I register?2021-01-06T14:02:55-06:00

The mission of Catholic Education Ministries is to empower parish leaders and parishes with the faith formation of all. With this in mind, registration for youth events in the Diocese of Saint Cloud is done at the parish level.   Requiring parish registration allows for parishes to bring their own leaders as chaperones who can follow up with the youth in other events and settings beyond the event itself.

If you do not see the information you were looking for under the Catholic Education Ministries, visit Catholic Education Ministries page.

Q: I have a question about a cemetery plot. Who do I contact?2021-03-29T10:56:26-06:00

There are three diocesan cemeteries in the Diocese of Saint Cloud: Assumption, St. Cloud; Calvary, St. Cloud; Sacred Heart, Sauk Rapids. The diocesan Cemeteries Office can be contacted at: (320) 251-5511; or by writing to: Diocesan Cemeteries Office, 2341 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

If you do not see the information you were looking for under the Cemeteries FAQ, visit the Diocesan Cemeteries page.

What is the Cohabitation Policy for the Diocese of St. Cloud?2021-03-20T13:22:32-06:00

Cohabitation Policy
October 9, 2020

1. The first meeting with the couple should be a general introduction without a discussion about cohabitation. That discussion should occur at a subsequent meeting with the priest or deacon.
2. The emphasis of the cohabitation meeting should be the blessings and opportunities of a good marriage.
3. The guidelines for the discussion about cohabitation are included in the Pre-Marriage Talking Points and accompanying materials.
4. The couple should be asked to live apart or with some other appropriate accommodation. They should be given opportunity, before a subsequent meeting with the priest or deacon, to discuss this issue privately with prayer.
5. Should a couple determine that they cannot discontinue cohabitation, the priest determines the next steps. Moving toward a Catholic marriage ceremony remains a possibility. The fact that the couple may choose to continue cohabitating should not necessarily become the basis for denying them the sacrament of Matrimony. Also, the ritual used is to be determined by the priest.
6. There are three goals for these discussions:
a. The couple would understand the value of chastity.
b. The couple and the pastor, priest, or deacon would have opportunities to listen to each other.
c. A relationship would be established between the priest or deacon and the couple.

Adopted on October 9th, 2020 by Bishop Donald Kettler

When is the next Engaged Couples Retreat?2021-03-22T13:37:10-06:00

Engaged Couples Retreat Dates & Information

The Engaged Couples Retreat is designed to prepare those entering into the Sacrament of Matrimony, either as beginning marriage or having their marriage blessed in the Catholic Church after a civil marriage. Marriage preparation must be completed at least three months before the date of the wedding celebration. It is recommended you attend the retreat 6 to 12 months before your wedding. Click here for full details.

Schedule and Fee: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The $175 fee includes materials, food and noon meal. Mass is included and will fulfill our weekly obligation for Sunday liturgy.

Click here to register and pay online (St. Cloud location only) or download/print a registration form.

St. Cloud location

  • April 17, 2021 FULL
  • May 22, 2021
  • September 11, 2021
  • October 30, 2021
  • December 4, 2021

Second Marriage Engaged Couples Retreat Dates & Information

The Second Marriage Engaged Couples Retreat is designed for couples preparing to marry after the death of a spouse or an annulment. Marriage preparation must be completed at least three months before the date of the wedding celebration. It is recommended you attend the retreat 6 to 12 months before your wedding.

Schedule and Fee: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The $175 fee includes materials, food and noon meal.

Click here to register and pay online (St. Cloud location only) or download/print a registration form.

St. Cloud location

  • March 27, 2021
  • October 9, 2021
  • March 26, 2021

Spanish Speaking Marriage Preparation Retreat Dates & Information

The Spanish Speaking Marriage Preparation Retreats are designed to prepare those entering into the Sacrament of Matrimony, either as beginning marriage or having their marriage blessed in the Catholic Church after a civil marriage. It is recommended you attend the retreat 6 to 12 months before your wedding.

Schedule and Fee: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The $110 fee includes materials, food and noon meal.

Click here to register and pay online (St. Cloud location only) or download/print a registration form.

St. Cloud location

  • Marzo 20, 2021
  • Noviembre 13, 2021


Engaged Couples Retreats Outside of St. Cloud

To register for Perham or Sauk Centre, complete the following steps:

• Download/print a registration form and fill out.

• Make payment payable to the parish (Perham or Sauk Centre).

• Mail (or drop off) the completed registration form and payment to the parish.

NOTE: Second marriage curriculum is not included. Please register for a retreat in St. Cloud.


Please DO NOT REGISTER or PAY ONLINE for a retreat in Perham or Sauk Centre. Registration is by mail or in person only.

Perham

January 29 – 30, 2021 – ($175)

St. Henry’s Parish (218) 346-4240
234 SW 2nd Ave
Perham, MN 56378

Sauk Centre

March 6, 2021 – ($175)

St. Paul’s Parish (320) 352-3502
304 Sinclair Lewis Ave
Sauk Centre MN 56378

Marriage Preparation Retreats/Seminars in Neighboring Dioceses:

Diocese of Bismarck

Diocese of Crookston

Diocese of Duluth

Diocese of Fargo

Diocese of New Ulm

Diocese of Winona

Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

Catholic Engaged Encounter

Online Options During the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Agape Catholic Marriage Preparation

Living Our Faith in Love



Cancellation Policy

  • $50 non-refundable administrative fee is charged for canceling a scheduled Engaged Couples Retreat.
  • No Show ~ No Refund. Couples will need to re-register and repay full course fee.
  • In case of an emergency, please call (320) 258-7611 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Every effort will be made to reschedule you in the next available marriage preparation course.

Bad Weather Policy

Inclement weather can occur anytime through the year. We make every attempt to hold the course if at all possible. We also want to ensure the safety of all who attend. In case of bad weather, we will do the following:

  • An e-mail notice (and/or phone calls) will be initiated approximately 12 to 24 hours prior to your scheduled weekend to inform you of a course cancellation or schedule change.
  • If there is no weather related message or contact, the course will go on as scheduled.
  • Please monitor your e-mails (or phone messages) frequently within this 24-hour period, especially during severe weather seasons and/or conditions!
  • If the weather conditions in your area are questionable and you are unable to travel, please leave a message with your name and phone number. Every effort will be made to reschedule you in the next available marriage preparation course. Call (320) 252-4721 (local calls) or (800) 624-9019 (outside of the St. Cloud area) to determine if the course will be held or to leave a message.

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Do you have resources for Pornography?2020-10-02T15:13:40-06:00
A Pastoral Response to Pornography

At their November 2015 General Assembly, the U.S. bishops approved the formal statement “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography” with an almost unanimous vote.

Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, which directed the statement’s development, said: “My brother bishops’ approval of this statement shows our collective concern for the widespread problem of pornography in our culture today. As the statement says, virtually everyone is affected by pornography in some way. So many people –including within the Church– are in need of Christ’s abundant mercy and healing. My hope is that the statement can serve as a foundation and catalyst for increased pastoral attention to this challenge at the national and local level.”

“Create in Me a Clean Heart” is available in both English and Spanish. Please visit the USCCB’s website to read the document and find resources.

 

Freedom from Pornography

There are many good men and women in the Church who have struggled with pornography, and if you or a loved one have been effected by pornography, you are not alone! In 2014, the Barna Group conducted a survey among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults on pornography use and found that:

  • 37% of Christian men and 7% of Christian women viewed pornography several times a week or more
  • 64% of Christian men and 15% of Christian women use pornography once a month or more
  • 21% of Christian men either think that they are addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to pornography
  • 2014 ProvenMen.org Pornography Addiction Survey – conducted by Barna Group: The survey results are located at: provenmen.org/2014pornsurvey/pornography-use-and-addiction
Resources
  • Covenant Eyes:
    • An Internet Accountability and Optional Internet Filtering Service. For all the computers, smartphones, and tablets you use, the service provides a report of the websites your kids visit, the search terms they use, and the YouTube videos they watch. Tailored to the individual family’s needs, it can even block the Internet completely at certain times a day.
    • Website has numerous articles regarding pornography.
    • http://www.covenanteyes.com/family/
  • Diocese of Arlington
    • Comprehensive website featuring their Bishop Paul Laverde’s pastoral letter on pornography, “Bought with a Price.” They list resources for men and women, internet filters and several links to other resources.
    • http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/purity/index.aspx
  • For Your Marriage from U.S. Bishops
  • Integrity Restored:
  • Kings Men
    • An organization that seeks to assist men in their task as leader, protector and provider. Their mission is “Under Christ the King’s universal call to serve, we as men, pledge to unite and build up other men in the mold of leader, protector, and provider through education, formation, healing, and action.” Part of this mission is to help men struggling with pornography.
    • http://thekingsmen.org/tkm-battles/
  • Knights of Columbus and the “Fathers for Good” program
  • National Center on Sexual Exploitation
    • An organization that provides education and lobbying efforts to end pornography and sex trafficking from a political and secular point of view.
    • http://endsexualexploitation.org
  • RECLAiM Sexual Health
    • An anonymous, online recovery program from pornography addiction and other unhealthy sexual behaviors. Combining the Brain Science of Change, insights from Theology of the Body and the full support of our faith. While rooted in Catholic teaching and understanding, this program is open to people of all faiths who desire to be whole again.
    • reclaimsexualhealth.com
Where can I find out more about 40 Days For Life?2020-11-24T17:15:38-06:00

St. Cloud 40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil to end abortion. The campaign mission is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 days of peaceful activism with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life.

Fall Campaign: Wednesday, September 23 – Sunday, November 1, 2020

We MUST exercise our right to assemble in peaceful, prayerful activism to END LEGALIZED ABORTION. Sign up can be on line or “if you have already established an hour in the past and want to do the same, please connect with your captain to sign up”.

WE NEED YOU! We need 2 VIGILERS EVERY HOUR!

Please join us in this peaceful way of activism. WE don’t have to worry about distancing as that can be easily done with 2-4 each hour on the whole sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.

Because of COVID-19, we are uncertain of having any rallies. We will update as we learn more.

Details:

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at Planned Parenthood – 451 East St. Germain St., St. Cloud MN 56304

Email judy4life@meltel.net or call (320) 453-7592 with any questions/concerns or sign up for some time at our vigil

40 Days for Life campaigns consist of 40 days of prayer and fasting, community outreach and constant peaceful vigil in the public right-of-way outside abortion facilities. The volunteers who pray at these vigils have witnessed answers to their prayers.

What do we need to do to get married in the Catholic church?2020-11-24T17:04:30-06:00

The Diocese of Saint Cloud congratulates you on beginning your journey towards a sacramental marriage!

Your desire for a Christ-centered marriage will nurture and strengthen you, as a couple, in your love for each other and God. The preparation you will receive will challenge you to grow in your relationship – spiritually, physically and emotionally. Each phase of your preparation is designed for you to take home skills and tools that develops a faith-filled, lifelong commitment.

The Engaged Couples Retreat is a requirement of all couples getting married in the Diocese of St. Cloud. The presentations and topics for discussion include: Faith, Handling Conflict, Problem Solving, Self-Awareness, Finances, Sexuality, Forgiveness, Natural Family Planning & Commitment. Those preparing for a second marriage will also cover the topic of Blended Families.

Register early!

 

Step 1: Schedule a Meeting with your parish priest or deacon

Contact your parish where you reside as soon as possible after your engagement and at least six months before your expected wedding day. Your parish priest or deacon will explain all of the requirements for your marriage in the Church. All requirements should be met at least three (3) months prior to your wedding date.

Special circumstances should be addressed with the priest or deacon. Please discuss if:

    • One or both of you have been married before, even civilly.
    • You are now civilly married to each other and wish to have your marriage validated (“blessed”) by the Catholic Church.
    • You are presently living together.
    • Either of you is a teenager.
    • A pregnancy is involved.

Caution: To avoid disappointment, do not book your reception until you have a confirmed date from the Church.

Step 2: Prepare Documentation

Your priest or deacon will explain the required documentation you need to be married in the Church:

    • Baptismal Certificate obtained within the last six (6) months (no photocopies)
    • Pre-Nuptial Investigation for the bride and groom
    • Witness Questionnaires
    • Proper dispensation, permissions or delegations as needed
    • Civil marriage license

If either of you has been married before, even in a civil ceremony, please check with your priest regarding the possibility of annulment. Take care to provide accurate information and documentation regarding any past marriage(s). If you need to petition for Declaration of Nullity, you will need the final decision before proceeding with the following steps.

Step 3: Take Premarital Inventory

The Fully Engaged Premarital Inventory addresses issues engaged couples need to consider for their marriage. You will get all the information on how to take the inventory at your parish.

Once you have completed the inventory, you will meet with your parish priest, deacon or sponsor couple to discuss your confidential results. The inventory is designed to reveal more about relationships, expectations, living a life of faith and entering into the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Step 4: Schedule a Retreat

Preparation is necessary for all the sacraments of the faith including the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Marriage Preparation is not just a “requirement” to be fulfilled before you can have a Church wedding. Rather, the Church offers this time so you can step away from the details of the wedding day and focus, as a couple, on nurturing a lifetime commitment to each other with God.

For dates, locations and registration, see the tabs below and select the course that fits your individual situation. Programs are available in English and Spanish.

Step 5: Follow-up with Natural Family Planning Classes

Basic NFP concepts are included in all Engaged Couples Retreats in the Diocese of St. Cloud. A full course on NFP is highly recommended for engaged couples prior to marriage. NFP helps build the marriage relationship and strength of character necessary for a lifelong marriage. This modern method of family planning is in harmony with Church teaching and is a safe, healthy, effective and very low cost way to plan your family. More information on taking the additional classes will be provided at your Retreat.

Step 6: Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation

As Catholics, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance or Confession) and Holy Eucharist should be vital aspects of your growth as a disciple of Christ and His Church. Receiving these sacraments will help you prepare you for a more meaningful experience of your wedding liturgy and to enter into your marriage covenant with your future spouse and God.

If you do not see the information you were looking for under Marriage and Family FAQ, visit Marriage & Family Frequently Asked Questions.

Q: Where can I learn Natural Family Planning?2020-11-04T15:42:25-06:00

Natural Family Planning classes are offered throughout the Diocese of Saint Cloud in a variety of locations in Minnesota’s central sixteen counties. Referrals can be made to other areas of the state or nation. Contact the Office of Marriage & Family at (320) 252-4721 or 1 (800) 624-9019, or email omf@gw.stcdio.org.

To register for the next available class in your area, simply view the online calendars and/or find your location below.

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Breckenridge: Julie Budke, R.N., St. Mary’s Church, (218) 731-3953 – Classes are by appointment and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Fergus Falls: Julie Budke, R.N., Our Lady of Victory Church, (218) 731-3953 – Classes are by appointment and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Glenwood: Amanda Recker, R.N., Sacred Heart Church, (320) 239-2108 – Classes are by appointment and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Little Falls NFP Office (320) 631-5660 – First Instruction classes are listed on the online calendars and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

• Cathy Bahmer, Saint Gabriel’s Hospital

• Marge Benusa, L.P.N., Saint Gabriel’s Hospital

• Mary Bontjes, R.N., Saint Gabriel’s Hospital

Long Prairie: Victoria Bulcher, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, (320) 360-5193 – First Instruction classes are listed on the online calendars and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Morris: Joan Jay, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary or Steven’s Community Medical Center, (320) 589-4865 – Classes are by appointment and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Osakis: Hollie Kulzer, St. Agnes School, (320) 859-5864 – Classes are by appointment and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Randall: Mary Bontjes, R.N., P.H.N., St. James Parish, (320)360-6599 – Classes are by appointment and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Rice: Ann Marschel, Immaculate Conception Church, (320) 290-6311 – First Instruction classes are listed on the online calendars and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

St. Cloud NFP Office (320) 252-4721 or (800) 624-9019 – First Instruction classes are listed on the online calendars and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

• Cathy Bahmer

• Amy Borash, PA-C (In training)

• Tami Gewecke

• Katie Haney, R.N.

• Ann Marschel

• Jillian Reber

• Sheila Reineke, OTR/L

• Angel Statz

• Marisol Statz

• Heather Sukut (In training)

St. Michael: Nora Dehmer, St. Michael’s Church, (320) 248-5892 – First Instruction classes are listed on the online calendars and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Sauk Centre: Jill & Isaac Uphus, CentraCare Health-Sauk Centre Hospital, (320) 290-875 – First Instruction classes are listed on the online calendars are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Wadena: Victoria Bulcher, St. Ann’s Church, (320) 360-5193 – First Instruction classes are listed on the online calendars and are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Most insurance plans cover the cost of NFP Instruction.

Q: How many NFP classes are recommended?2020-11-04T15:42:41-06:00

A: Three classes, approximately one month apart, are recommended. We are happy to teach in a group or one-on-one setting.

If you do not see the information you were looking for under Natural Family Planning, visit FAQs about NFP.

Where do I find more information about Safe Environment?2020-09-24T13:45:15-06:00

The diocesan website contains all the necessary information under the Office of Safe Environment and each parish and school should have a site administrator who has more information if one needs help. If you have any additonal questions, feel free to contact Office of Safe Environment at (320) 251-2340.

Who needs to do safe environment training which includes a background check?2020-09-24T13:37:09-06:00

All employees of parishes and schools and anyone who works with children, youth or vulnerable adults.

If you do not see the information you were looking for under Safe Environment, visit Safe Environment frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How do I receive a subscription to the Catholic magazine?2020-11-24T17:09:22-06:00

Contact your parish to add you to the subscription list. If you are not a member of a parish, email your name and address to circulation@gw.stcdio.org or call (320) 251-3022. The annual subscription rate for those not registered at a parish is $25.

I need to cancel my subscription to the Catholic magazine, or I need to update my address.2020-11-24T17:08:47-06:00

Please contact Anne Schluender in the Office of Communications and Development at circulation@gw.stcdio.org or (320) 251-3022.

Is the Ascension of the Lord celebrated on a Thursday or is it transferred to a Sunday?2020-09-23T15:31:50-06:00

In the Province of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota), the Ascension of the Lord has been transferred from Thursday to the following Sunday (the Sunday before Pentecost). No other Holy Day has been transferred to a Sunday. Other Holy Days include: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8); The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas – December 25); Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (January 1); The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15); and All Saints (November 1).

How can I support the TV Mass?2020-09-23T15:29:55-06:00

You can pray for the priests and ministers, you can help spread the word or you can make a donation. Mail your donation to:

Office of Worship
Attn. TV Mass
305 Seventh Avenue N, Suite 205
St. Cloud, MN 56303

or click here to make an online donation.

How can I get a Mass Guide for the TV Mass?2020-11-24T17:07:02-06:00

You can call the Office of Worship at (320) 255-9068 or email worship@gw.stcdio.org. Mass Guides are mailed out annually (October/November) to anyone who has previously requested one. There is no cost.

If you do not see the information you were looking for under Worship Office/ TV Mass, visit FAQs about Worship Office and TV Mass.

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