Office of Family Life
Mrs. Agatha Cartwright, Director
“Knowing that marriage and the family constitute one of the most precious of human values, the Church wishes to speak and offer her help to those who are already aware of the value of marriage and the family and seek to live it faithfully, to those who are uncertain and anxious and searching for the truth, and to those who are unjustly impeded from living freely their family lives. Supporting the first, illuminating the second and assisting the others, the Church offers her services to every person who wonders about the destiny of marriage and the family.(1)
Source: John Paul II, (22 November, 1981) “The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World”
The archdiocese supports marriage and family fife by providing a number of services and programs through the Office of Family Life.
Marriage Preparation Course
This ten-week course is a requirement for all Catholics preparing for marriage. The courses are provided four times a year in New Providence and twice a year in the family islands.
Natural Family Planning
Instruction in the Billings Ovulation Method is given by certified instructors for couples wishing to manage their fertility naturally.
Instructors provide support and information on using the Billings Ovulation Method for couples experiencing difficulty in achieving pregnancy.
This is an 8 week program entitled “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen” is offered to groups of parents and teachers.
In cooperation with Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the office promotes this weekend marriage enrichment programme. Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the hustle and bustle of the world. The programme offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world. A follow-up programme offers support for interested couples.
Ministry to the Retired and Elderly
Each year during Advent and Lent, the archdiocese sponsors a Day of Reflection for Seniors, held at various locations throughout New Providence. During the summer, this group also gathers for Mass and a day of recognition.
This program operates on a 26-week cycle and is ongoing. It provides treatment for men who abuse their partners. Weekly therapy sessions are conducted by professional therapists.