Cana Family Institute

The Cana Experience

The Cana Experience is specifically designed for parents of young children, to help them live their vocation to marriage and parenthood in all its fullness.

Mothers of Young Children Program (Years One to Four)

Mothers of Young Children sessions include a reflection on a Gospel passage and church teachings, followed by a conversation on 2-3 principles that are directly relevant to marriage, parenting, and family life, and conclude with a resolution to implement. The four years are consecutive as each builds on the previous one.  

New Group Beginning Sept. 24 from 9:30-10:30am @ St. Gertrude

Our new Cana Family: Called to Motherhood group is forming. The new group will meet on Thursdays beginning 9/24 from 9:30-11:00 am in the St. Gertrude Parish Center – babysitting is provided and the exact dates are as follows:
  • Sept 24
  • Oct. 8
  • Oct. 22
  • Nov. 5
  • Nov. 19
  • Dec. 3
  • Jan. 7
  • Jan. 21
  • Feb. 4
  • Feb. 18
  • Mar. 4
  • Mar. 18
  • Mar. 25
  • Apr. 8
  • Apr. 15
  • Apr. 29
To register, go to  Please contact Anita Pappalardo (513-375-9320) with questions or if you need help with the cost.

Year One:  Created to Believe; Called to Motherhood

Discover the depth of who you are as a woman and a mother and how your femininity is a gift to your family and the world. Grow in your relationship with Mary, your Blessed Mother, and receive her guidance as you mother your own children. Based on Redemptoris Mater (Mother of the Redeemer) and Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women), both by Saint John Paul II.  Join Group

Year Two:  Created to Love; Called to Marriage

Discover the depth and gift of marriage, experience an enriched appreciation for your husband and learn to draw on the grace you received in the sacrament of marriage. Learn how your marriage is a gift for you and your spouse, and also for your children and for the world. Create a safe loving environment in your home that models for your children the gift that marriage is. Based on the Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) by Saint John Paul II.  Join Group

Year Three:  Created to Know; Called to Prayer

Develop a consistent prayer life with the help of the other moms in your group. Go deeper in your relationship with God as you participate in prayer experiences on your own and with your group. Learn how to encourage each child’s relationship with God at their development level and use practical tips in your home to create an atmosphere of peace, honesty, and virtue. Based on Part Four: Christian Prayer of the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchJoin Group

Year Four:  Created to Lead; Called to Act

Learn more about the important role of the family in evangelizing and become even more convinced that your family is called to make a difference in your parish, workplace, community and beyond. Participate in spiritual and ministry activities to further strengthen you and your family’s confidence in the contribution you are called to make. Based on Christifideles Laici (The Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful People) by Saint John Paul II.  Join Group

Husbands and Fathers

Join with other men to develop greater confidence in making decisions and living your convictions as a husband and father.  We are currently revamping our Husbands & Fathers programming, but stay connected with us to learn more. Connect With Us

The Temperament God Gave You 

Discover how understanding temperaments will develop in us greater compassion and communication skills, equipping us to more effectively encourage, motivate and strengthen our spouse and children. Learn how temperaments affect our spiritual life and how to use this information to grow closer to God.  Join Group

For More Information

Please contact Anita Pappalardo, or 513-375-9320.