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For Your Marriage LogoFor Your Marriage

Internet initiative from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops full of resources to help you enhance and build a happy, strong marriage.

www.foryourmarriage.org


The 5 Love LanguagesThe 5 Love Languages

Unhappiness in marriage is often because we speak different love languages, believes Dr. Gary Chapman. In 30 years as a marriage counselor he identified five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Discover the language of you and your spouse and learn to communicate in a new way.

www.5lovelanguages.com


Covenant of Love LogoCovenant of Love

Parish-based monthly gathering of couples to assist them in becoming the "true" domestic church by providing practical tools to live God's plan for marriage..

 


Book Suggestions for Marriage Enrichment

For Better Forever Catholic Guide to Lifelong MarriageFor Better ... Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage

Greg and Lisa Popcak reveal the secrets of a "for better, forever" marriage, whether you are a newlywed or have been married for years.

They also use cutting-edge psychology to a clearly explain the Catholic vision of love and marriage in this beautiful and practical book.


Love RespectLove & Respect

Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs develops the biblical passage from Ephesians 5:33 ("But every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands" -- God's Word® translation).

His premise is that communication between a husband and wife is often frustrated because of the vastly different ways in which men and women perceive love. Women are wired to need unconditional love while men need to feel unconditionally respected.


The Marriage God Wants for YouThe Marriage God Wants for You

Cardinal Donald Wuerl combines his years of pastoral experience and his gift as a teacher with short vignettes by married couples courage to weave both a useful resource for marriage preparation and guidance for any Catholic confused about the debates on marriage.

His book, subtitled "Why the Sacrament Makes All the Difference," gives hope and courage to both engaged couples and those married for many years.


Support Opportunities

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

Green Bay Marriage EncounterA weekend of marriage renewal and dialogue

Green Bay/Fox Valley
Dennis and Sue Amtmann
Phone: (920) 544-5166
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Cost

All Military Veterans and their spouses attend free. For all other couples, the only required cost is a $40 non-refundable registration fee. During the weekend participants may choose to make an additional free will donation.

Registration Form

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RETROUVAILLE

Retrouvaille LogoA program to help couples in troubled marriages heal and renew their marriage relationship

Milwaukee/Green Bay/Escanaba | Retrouvaille of Milwaukee/Green Bay
Willie and Betsy Gonwa
Phone: (414) 502-7685
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Testimonial | One woman's account of how Retrouvaille helped her marriage
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Testimonial | Couple: Retrouvaille saved marriage (NOTE: Contact information outdated and should not be used)
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Book Suggestions for Marriage Help and Healing

Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage (and Can Save Yours, Too!)

Marriage 911Authors Greg and Julie Alexander had decided that divorce was the only way out of what they thought was a lifeless, loveless marriage. Basing their life together on the things society says are important took them spiraling downward until they literally hit rock bottom.

Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the Church, and they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. Marriage 911 chronicles Greg and Julie's journey back to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith and offers emergency hope to struggling couples.


When Divorce Is Not an OptionWhen Divorce Is Not an Option

Dr. Gregory Popcak's clinical experience and recent research show that the difference between happy and unhappy marriages lies in the habits -- both good and bad -- that are practiced in the home.

In this book, subtitled "How to Heal Your Marriage & Nurture Lasting Love," you'll discover the simple steps needed to root out behavior that leaves you resentful and demoralized, and to begin practicing positive habits that facilitate mutual respect and cultivate admiration.


The Good Marriage Guide

The Good Marriage Guide: The Practical Guide to Improving Your Relationship

John Farrelly's compact, concise, and informative guide is for couples who want to save or strengthen their relationship and avoid divorce. Based on over 15 years' experience in counseling, mental health, and social research it provides psychological and social insights for couples to transform, consolidate, and enjoy their marriage and relationship. It offers insights on avoiding conflict, overcoming infidelity, separating from our family of origin, maintaining work-life balance, parenting, and effective communication. In modern and understandable language, it examines couples' key challenges and helps them confront and master life's inevitable crises while maintaining the strength of their marriage.


Wedding Anniversaries Certificate

Honor and Celebrate Couples' Special Anniversaries

Anniversary certificates are a wonderful way to recognize the many years couples have shared.

Recognize milestone anniversaries in your parish with a certificate signed by Bishop David Ricken (sample below).

How to Order Certificates

Individuals or couples interested in receiving a certificate should contact their parish, which will order the certificate from the Diocesean Marriage Ministries office.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.


FOCCUS Resources for Ministry Leaders

foccusFOCCUS, an acronym for Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study, is a pre-marriage inventory for engaged couples facilitated by trained parish leaders and volunteers.

FOCCUS is a parish ministry that helps couples to prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage and is one component of the marriage preparation process.

More Information

 FOCCUS Training Schedule

FOCCUS Facilitators Training will be posted here as sessions are scheduled.


Registration Deadline: One Week in Advance

Registration fee: $85.00 | Includes the new 4th Edition FOCCUS Manual, training, additional materials, and food. Parishes will be sent an invoice from this office after training is completed. (Note: each facilitator trainee -- an individual or a couple -- needs a manual, which is purchased by the parish.) This training is partially funded by the Bishop's Appeal.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED | NO WALK-IN registrations will be accepted

Questions/More Information:
(920) 272-8315

 


"Marital joy can be experienced even amid sorrow; it involves accepting that marriage is an inevitable mixture of enjoyment and struggles, tensions and repose, pain and relief, satisfactions and longings, annoyances and pleasures, but always on the path of friendship, which inspires married couples to care for one another."

 - Pope Francis -