Marriage and Family Life Enrichment
The following programs are designed to help strengthen marriages by fostering an authentic Catholic understanding of marriage, human sexuality, and family life.
Lasting Covenant Pre-Marital Program at St Raphael Counseling
- Explore factors that lead to relationship longevity
- Strengthen communication skills
- Deepen Intimacy
- Strengthen spiritual and emotional foundations
- Identify and manage major stressors
- Resolve conflict
- Develop a more balanced relationship
- Explore family of origin issues
- Discuss financial planning and budgeting
- Establish personal, couple and family goals
- Understand and appreciate personality differences
What to expect
Couples will schedule an initial appointment with a trained therapist from St. Raphael Counseling. During the first session the couple will be instructed on how to take a pre-marital assessment called Prepare and Enrich, which can be completed in the comfort of their own home over the internet. Following the completion of the assessment the couple will then schedule 3 follow-up sessions with the therapist at a time that is convenient for them to discuss the results.
The Total cost for the assessment and 4 sessions is $250
If you have any questions or would like to schedule your first appointment please call: 720-675-7796 or Visit us online at www.straphaelcounseling.com and click on the “Lasting Covenant” tab.
Marriage Coaching is a Catholic couple-to-couple mentoring program designed to invite couples to live out God's Plan for marriage, giving them the tools of how to live His plan and equipping them to be able to pass on what they learned, first to their own children, and then to other couples. The Denver area program consists of six main coaching sessions; where trained Marriage Coaches take the couple through each individual session.
SIX SESSIONS INCLUDE:
- God's Plan for Marriage and Praying Together as a Couple
- Priorities in Marriage along with Forgiveness and Healing
- To Serve = To Love (discovering the needs of our spouse)
- Healthy Communication
- Chastity in Marriage
- Spirituality in Marriage
For more information, contact:
Matt and Mindy Dalton
12577 N. 2nd Street
Parker, Colorado 80134
"For Your Marriage," What have you done for your marriage today?
In a June 27, 2007 press conference, Archbishop Chaput announced
a national PSA campaign, called "For Your Marriage," dedicated to strengthening marriages
The campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops? Committee of Marriage and Family Life, emphasizes little acts of love for your spouse, stressing the idea strengthening marriages starting with small steps. The campaign also addresses the bigger issues such as communication skills, conflict resolution and finance management. Explore the complete "For Your Marriage" website at http://www.foryourmarriage.org/. Read Archbishop's press conference remarks on his Addresses page under the Archbishop's Corner.
The Marriage Course
The Marriage Course was designed by Nicki & Shila Lee in 1996. The Lees are on the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton, the London church that started the Alpha course.
The Marriage Course is a parish-based program of eight weekly sessions designed to help any married couple strengthen their relationship. It's a great opportunity to spend time together as a couple looking at the important issues in your marriage. Each week child care is provided and you are given the opportunity to enjoy a special meal together and listen to a talk. Then there is plenty of time to discuss the topic as a couple.
The Marriage Course is now being run in 28 countries. It is an extremely effective and enjoyable program that any parish can implement with ease.
Couples For Christ
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a parish based program intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. Through the 12 week Christian Life Program members learn to commit themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up families under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Once the Christian Life Program is completed you are invited to join a cell group called a household of about 4 to 6 couples who meet weekly for encouragement and mutual support in the Christian life.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter/ Encuentro Matrimanial Mundial
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It's not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention!
Caloy and Wilma Teves
Couples for Christ, Colorado
"Retrouvaille" is a French word meaning "rediscovery." This weekend program (with follow-up meetings) is designed for couples with troubled marriages, including separated or divorced couples, who are willing to make an honest effort to enter a process designed for resolution of conflict. It is not a retreat, sensitivity meeting, or "miracle cure." But it is very successful in fostering reconciliation. For more information, contact:
"Familia, Living the Splendor of Love," is an international Catholic outreach committed to strengthening the family. Their programs are directed at fostering the development of religious, moral, psychological and social values in the family.
Throughout the Denver area Familia promotes the Church's beautiful teachings concerning marriage and family life in small study groups. These are available for mothers, fathers and couples in many parishes. For information about joining one of these study groups contact Mike and Nancy Cordova at (303) 973-3606.
"A Couples Weekend Retreat: The Experience & Celebration of Marriage"
The Marriage Celebration retreat offers couples a variety of specific techniques to enhance their marriage. Most marriages fall into patterns that can easily be adjusted to bring meaning and fun back into the marriage. What God has put together, let us celebrate forever!
Contact: David Peverley - 970-587-2080 or email@example.com