“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love"
(1 Corinthians 13:13 ).
Marriage is an amazing Sacrament and vocation for many Catholics. But after the honeymoon is over, life together can present challenges that you may have never anticipated, especially when it comes to communication issues.
The Family Life Office provides several essential marriage-centered ministries designed to reaffirm the love you share and help you develop better communications skills while keeping God at the center of your marriage. These ministries include (click on each blue link for more information):
Marriage Encounter- An in-depth, spiritual overnight weekend directed completely toward the couple, providing communication techniques aimed at revitalizing and strengthening marriages. Couples examine their relationships with each other, family and God. Couples undertake reflections on their own to rediscover why they fell in love in the first place. ME weekends are offered twice a year. Civilly married couples wanting to be married in the Church (*convalidation) may attend to satisfy requirements for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
Marriage Enrichment - Marriage Enrichment is a parish-based set of programs for couples to share real life experiences of overcoming challenges and strengthening their relationship with each other, their families, and God. Marriage Enrichment nourishes commitment, develops couple leadership, and provides mutual support for couples. For more information on these programs and how to start a Marriage Enrichment Group in your parish, go to www.tmewpi.org.
Retrouvaille - A French word for "rediscovery," Retrouvaille is a lifeline for couples on the brink of divorce. Couples who lead the weekend have successfully overcome their marital problems by attending Retrouvaille. Participants do not share with others but gain insight on themselves and their relationships. The weekend is followed up by six skill-building sessions and Continuing Our Retrouvaille Experience (CORE), for ongoing fellowship and support.
Married couples who also struggle with issues among their families may be interested in learning more about the Parent/Family Support ministries offered by the Family Life Office. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe Therapist Referral Network also provides a list of counselors and therapists who have received education and training from the ASF about the theologies, traditions, and values of the Catholic faith. Click here to view the list.
For couples struggling with conceiving a child or who would like to postpone having children for awhile, the Family Life Office offers Natural Family Planning classes throughout the year. Three methods of NFP are available.