Celebrate Catholic Marriage for the rest and BEST OF YOUR LIFE.
The final step on your journey is a launching point to continue celebrating your Catholic Marriage beyond these seven steps. If this process has inspired a desire in you to make your marriage a daily celebration of love, here is our final list of individuals and organizations which can help you do just that!
This resource list aligns with the SEVENTH of the seven themes in: The Seven Days to a Marriage Worth Celebrating Workbook.
Celebrate Catholic Marriage - The Rest and BEST of Your Life
Valuable opportunities for you to go deeper and keep growing stronger.
1) Teams of Our Lady (Structured groups)
Teams of Our Lady is an international lay movement in the Catholic Church, designed to enrich marriage spirituality and make good marriages better. Teams provide a proven method of increasing and improving prayer life, which will help couples grow closer to God and each other. At the same time, their family will reap the benefits as well.
A team is composed of five to seven couples whose marriage is recognized in the eyes of the Catholic Church. The team meets one time per month at rotating homes. The team shares a simple meal, prayer, sharing on the endeavors, and a study topic. The endeavors are the heart of the spirit of Teams. The team becomes a close community that can inspire one another through their living examples of faith, and share with one another their struggles and successes on their way to holiness. https://www.teamsofourlady.org/about_us_1
2) Worldwide Marriage Encounter (Structured events and groups)
Marriage Encounter Weekends are a special time for a married couple to get away from all distractions and focus on their relationship. A series of presentations are made by the presenting team, including 3 married couples and 1 priest. Communication tools are taught on the weekend helping couples connect in healthy, constructive ways on areas that can deepen their intimacy and communication. Learn more and find weekends.
3) Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers - The Greatest Commandments Marriage Enrichment Program (Program for individuals or groups)
An innovative and engaging, multi-sensory resource that seeks to help couples build strong and lasting Christ-centered marriages. This program works within the constraints of busy and hectic lives, thanks to the easy-to-follow format. An impactful 40-week marriage strengthening program for married couples. Packaged in an exquisitely crafted and visually stunning boxed set.
4) Augustine Institute - Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage (Program for individuals or groups)
Created by the Augustine Institute, Beloved is a 12-session video series that explores the true meaning of marriage and how to live it out together. Each session includes video content presented by well-known Catholic authors and speakers. Workbooks for couples and leader guides are available that are specific to marriage enrichment. The program is also available online with a subscription to FORMED.org. The program is available in English and Spanish.
5) United in Love—United in Christ
United in Love—United in Christ is a six session marriage enrichment series that explores God’s plan and promise for spouses especially through the teachings of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The program was created by Jason and Elise Angelette of the Faith and Marriage apostolate. They are joined in presenting the video content by multiple witness couples. Materials include DVDs, couple’s guides, a leader guide, and a parish guide. The materials are only available in English.
Learn more at www.faithandmarriage.org/uil/.
6) Marriage Disciples and Alexander House
Marriage Coaching and Retreat Center for Couples - coordinated by Julie and Greg Alexander Their passion to share their experience after their marriage on the brink of divorce was miraculously restored. Julie and Greg began telling their story, speaking and mentoring others in 1999. Their mission is to:
TEACH: We teach couples and individuals God's plan for marriage and how it is to be lived so that joy and happiness can be the result. EQUIP: We disciple couples and show them how to disciple each other and live out what it means to be a helpmate. TRAIN:We train others to become Marriage Disciples so they can assist in teaching and equipping others.
7) The Choice Wine: 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage
The Choice Wine was created by Paradisus Dei and is presented by their founder, Steve Bollman.
Integrating the latest findings from modern science with the timeless teaching of the faith and the wisdom of the saints, The Choice Wine helps couples experience authentic marital happiness. The program is presented in nine sessions using video content and a corresponding book for couples. This program can be used by a couple on their own, in a small group, or in a larger group setting.
Learn more at www.paradisusdei.org/the-choice-wine.
8) Marriage Enrichment Programs by John and Teri Bosio
Authors and speakers John and Teri Bosio have created three marriage enrichments programs that work well for parish date nights and small groups of married couples: Six Dates for Catholic Couples, The Beatitudes: A Couples’ Path to Greater Joy, and The Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance. Each program includes videos and materials for participants and leader guides and resources.
Learn more at www.happy-together.net.