St. Martin of Tours - Valley City, Ohio

About the Family Life Ministry

This blended ministry helps to empower the parish to develop a family perspective that reflects a Christian vision of the family along with helping to understand the family and its members as it develops through life, respect the diversity of family structures, and offers support to families in addressing their concerns. Family Life provides enhancements for Married Couples, Seniors, Bereaved, Step Families, Single and Parenting along with Separated and Divorced. It helps to promote a vision of family ministry that reflects the teachings of the Catholic Church and to share in the teaching ministry under the guidance of the Bishop of Cleveland.


Make This Marriage Last a Lifetime: The Smart Step-Family Leading blended family authority and marriage and family expert Ron Deal will show you how to build on your relationship strengths and improve your weaknesses when you have a step-family. Whether you are dating, engaged, a young step-family, or an empty nest couple,the Smart Step-Family Marriage gives you the tools you need at any stage to create a remarriage that will last. Join us starting Monday, October 16 at 6 p.m. in the Office Conference room. Enter from the church restroom hallway. This will be an eight week program with DVD instruction and sharing. You may sign up in the Gathering Area. If you have any questions, please contact Colene Conley in the Parish Office.

Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi Join the Family Life Ministry on this incredible journey of faith and seeing the world. We will be traveling from November 6, 2017 to November 13, 2017. The trip includes round-trip air transportation, motorcoach trasportation throughout Italy, continental breakfast and dinner daily, six nights lodging, daily Mass & prayer, all sightseeing and admissions, and we will have an English speaking guide throughout Italy.

Grief Share Grief Share is for people grieving the death of a loved one. It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. The Grief Share group will meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. The support group discussion will focus on a video and then other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what the video and what is going on currently in your life. Classes will begin Saturday, October 14, 2017 and will be held in the Parish Center meeting rooms. Sign up sheets will be in the Gathering Area, call Colene Conley at the office with any questions.

Yoga Classes We will be using the Chair Yoga method. For anyone who has not experienced it, you don't know what you're missing! It is fabulous stretching, learning how to really breathe, tips on learning how to walk on ice and even break a potential fall. You will enjoy the wonderful community fellowship. Our certified instructor is Lisa Whittman from Our Lady of Help of Christians Parish in Litchfield. Classes will begin Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Parish Center meeting rooms. Sign up sheets are located in the Gathering Area. Please call Colene Conley in the church office with any questions.


If you need help right now, call Colene Conley, Pastoral Associate/Family Life Minister at (330) 483-3808 ext. 249.