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Marriage Resources

Resources for Your Marriage

Retreats

The Office for Marriage and Family Life provides married couples with information on local and national organizations that offer retreats, renewal weekends, and celebrations specificall designed for married life. View current opportunities.

Books

  1. Be Devoted by Dr. Schuchts
  2. Spousal Prayer by James Keating
  3. Forever by Jackie and Bobby Angel
  4. Three Secrets to Holiness in Marriage by Dan and Amber Dematte
  5. Happy Together by John Bosio
  6. Just Married by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak
  7. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  8. Heaven’s Song by Christopher West
  9. Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri
  10. How to Love your Wife by John Buri
  11. By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride by Alice Von Hildebrand
  12. Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak
  13. Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography by Peter Kleponis, Ph.D.
  14. Holy Sex by Dr. Greg Popcak
  15. Love Letters to My Husband by St. Gianna Beretta Molla
  16. The Extraordinary Parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin by Helene Mongin

Web Series

Podcasts

DVD Series

 

  1. Beloved – Augustine Institute
  2. The Choice Wine – Paradisus Dei

    

Place an Order for FREE Becoming One Cards 

Becoming One is an initiative of the Office of Marriage and Family Life to inspire married couples to live out the sacrament of marriage through seeking God in prayer together.

This free resource walks a couple through a simple time of prayer that could be done at any point throughout the day. It is for couples at any stage in their marriage, and at any place in their relationship with God. The prompts guide a couple through sharing out loud to Jesus and to one another and the prayer time concludes with an opportunity for the couple to say their marriage vows to one another.

Praying with another person is an act of courage and vulnerability. It may feel awkward to pray as a couple if someone is not used to relating to their spouse in this way. Our Office encourages couples to practice this kind of prayer consistently. It may take time to grow in comfortability, but the most important thing is to try! 

Ideas for Use/Promotion in a Parish Setting:

  • Offer this resource as a gift for couples in preparation for Valentine's Day. Center homilies the weekend prior to Valentine's Day around the beauty of the sacrament of marriage and place the Becoming One card out in the pews for the couples to take with them after mass. Priests may even walk the parish through the prompts on the card during a homily.
  • Those working with engaged couples in marriage preparation may find this card useful in encouraging couples to begin or strengthen their prayer life as they walk toward their married lives.
  • Provide the card at Men's, Women's, and Mom's groups as a resource for building a culture of marriage in the parish.
  • Set aside a "Marriage Sunday" at the parish. Have the card available and use this Sunday as a launching point for challenging couples to pray more. Consider having a special blessing for couples after each mass. 
  • Suggest "Becoming One" to be used as a Lenten challenge for parishioners, staff, etc.
  • Use this card as an "Easter Giveaway" after all Easter masses and share, especially with all the visitors, of the hope in Jesus resurrecting our marriages.
  • Gather FOCCUS couples and invite them to go through this card together and eventually invite their engaged couples to do the same.
  • Launch a "30 Day Married Couples Challenge" in the parish and invite couples to use this card for 30 days straight. End the Challenge with a dinner celebration.
  • Send the card to all school parents as a gift from the parish.

Contact Us

 

Mary Mueller
Director of Marriage and Family Life
414-758-2222
muellerm@archmil.org
Emily Burds
Associate Director
414-758-2213
burdse@archmil.org
Tori Franke
Program and Events Coordinator, NFP Consultant
414-758-2241
​pohlt@archmil.org
Merridith Frediani
Administrative Assistant
414-758-2201
fredianim@archmil.org

 

 


 

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