LINCOLN (SNR) – The Diocese of Lincoln’s Family Life Office will offer a one-day retreat for couples experiencing infertility – either primary or secondary.
The retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 5 in the John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln.
The content of the day will encourage couples in their vocation, and explore what it means to be open to life as a couple with infertility. The retreat will not focus on medical solutions to infertility, but will instead focus on how infertility impacts a couple spiritually and emotionally, and how Jesus and his Church desire to be with those who are carrying this cross.
This is the first such event hosted by the Family Life Office.
“It is our hope that this retreat will be an encouragement to those who often feel overlooked by the Church,” said Marilyn Klein, CFCP, a NFP practitioner.
The retreat was Klein’s idea.
“Although my husband and I haven’t experienced infertility,” she said, “we have several friends who have, and I always cringe a little bit when someone congratulates us on ‘being open to life,’ particularly in their presence.
“Openness to life results in many different family sizes,” she continued, “and we need to be sensitive to the fact that we cannot see what everyone is experiencing.”
She explained how the Church’s reaction to the contraceptive culture can be alienating to those who experience infertility and make them feel that their vocation is somehow “lesser” than those who have large families.
Father Timothy Danek, assistant pastor at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth, will be the main speaker for the retreat. Alex Marcotte, a doctorate student psychologist with a focus in marriage and family counseling, will discuss how men and women experience infertility differently and how to become more unified as a couple through this circumstance.
Mass and a brunch will be offered during the retreat. There will be time for individual prayer with Eucharistic adoration, confession, and intercessory prayer teams available, and time for couples to have discussions on their own.