Private: Office of Evangelization & Family Life Ministries

Strengthen Your Marriage & Cope With Challenges

The following programs and events are designed to help strengthen marriages by fostering an authentic Catholic understanding of marriage, human sexuality, and family life.

Marriage Enrichment Programs


Lasting Covenant Pre-Marital Program at St Raphael Counseling

The Lasting Covenant Program created by St. Raphael Counseling is designed to help couples improve their relationship skills that are important to a lasting marriage. The program helps couples:

  • 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

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 $250.00

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your first appointment please call:

720-675-7796 or visit online at straphaelcounseling.com.


Marriage Missionaries

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 coaching process consists of seven main coaching sessions; where trained Marriage Coaches take the couple through each individual session.

Seven main sessions, which include:

  1. Exploring Family of Origin
  2. Understanding God’s Plan for Marriage and the Importance of Forgiveness in our Relationships
  3. Priorities in Marriage and Praying Together as a Couple
  4. Discovering How to Love through Service
  5. Intimacy of the Heart – Free, Total and Faithful Communication
  6. The Gift of Sexuality and Living Chastity in Marriage
  7. Exploring Marital Spirituality

For more information, contact:

Matt and Mindy Dalton
12577 N. 2nd Street
Parker, Colorado 80134
303-578-8287


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 childcare 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.

Contact your local parish for more information.


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.

Local Contact:

Caloy and Wilma Teves
Communications Directors
Couples for Christ, Colorado
720-989-3793


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!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter of Northern Colorado

Local Website: northerncoloradome.org
Gary & Brenda Granger – Registration Couple
email: communication@northerncolorado-wwme.org
303-604-6202


Faith Finances Program

This program teaches engaged or married couples how to apply sacred scripture to personal scripture to personal finance and understand three principles: giving, managing, and increase.

Cost:  $85

Register: tom@faithfinances.net
Call: 720-273-5851


Beloved – Finding Happiness in Marriage
from the Augustine Institute

In 12 sessions, Beloved explores the true meaning of Marriage and how to live it out together. Here you’ll discover the deepest spiritual, emotional and practical realities of Marriage through Scripture, Tradition and Church Teaching. You’ll see first-hand how to experience the wonder, mystery and joy of this Sacrament – from that first “I do” through the rest of your lives.

www.augustineinstitute.org/formed/beloved/


Marriage Convalidation

A convalidation is needed when one or two baptized Catholics enter into a marriage which is invalid and the couple now wishes to make the marriage valid. Typically, the marriage was invalid due to lack of form, which means that a Catholic did not exchange vows before an authorized priest/deacon and did not receive dispensation to do so. In other words, the couple was married in a non-Catholic ceremony (e.g., before a justice of the peace, minister, rabbi, etc.) without permission from the Catholic Church.

The canonical form of marriage is required, only when the marriage involves at least one Catholic party. If your marriage was formed between two non-Catholics and, consequently, was celebrated outside of a Catholic ceremony, you do not need to seek convalidation, even when one or both parties are entering the Church. The marriage is considered valid since the form was appropriate to your status at that time.

See your parish priest or deacon for more information if you would like to seek a convalidation of your marriage.


Help for Distressed Marriages

The following programs and services are Catholic-based and can help marriages that are deeply troubled.


Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille” is a French word meaning “rediscovery.” This weekend program (with follow-up meetings) is designed for couples with troubled marriages, including those who are separated or divorced and looking to reunite. It begins with a weekend experience in which husbands and wives are helped to reestablish communication and to gain new insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.  The Denver Retrouvaille Community believes that every marriage, a union of one man and one woman, deserves the opportunity to survive, be healed and thrive as a covenant of life & love.

“Retrouvaille is the place where we, as hurting couples, found hope, and so we are passionately committed to dramatically increase the number of couples served in our community.” – Ron & Diana Lovell

* This is a bi-annual program that runs in spring and fall.

Contact:
1-800-470-2230
retrouvaille.co@gmail.com
www.helpourmarriage.com


Catholic Counseling Services

Catholic-based counseling can be found at the following organizations for individuals, couples, children, families.

Sacred Heart Counseling

A branch of Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart Counseling assists men and women, married couples, children, families, and adolescents. They offer counseling and mental health services that are faithful to the Catholic Church and help to restore and strengthen the family and parish communities.

https://ccdenver.org/sacredheart
720-377-1359

St. Raphael Counseling

St. Raphael Counseling provides individual, married couples, family, and child/adolescent therapy. They also provide psychological assessment and pre-marital counseling.

www.straphaelcounseling.com/
720-675-7796


Ministries for Single and Divorced Parents

All Souls: The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide ($25)

Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Kappes RE Center
303-789-0007

Spirit of Christ: Divorce Ministry

Meets Thursdays, 7pm
divorceministry@soc.org
The mission of this ministry is to provide compassionate Christian education and awareness that helps those dealing with separation or divorce, to heal and rebuild their lives.

St. John the Evangelist (Longmont): Catholic Single Parent Ministry

Terry King
970-593-8383
tking@frontrangefire.net
Meets once a month

St. Thomas More: Single Parent Community

Jo Holt
303-221-9222
singleparents@stthomasmore.org
Meets monthly on Sunday afternoons. Single parent family social activities on various dates

St. Thomas More: The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide ($25)

Sandra Schwab
303-221-9235
sandras@stthomasmore.org


Problems with Pornography

Are you in a relationship with someone who has a problem with pornography? Has pornography affected your marriage?Below you will find resources and local support groups who can help.


RECLAiM Sexual Health

RECLAiM Sexual Health offers a science-based, Catholic Online Recovery Program and other resources for those who desire to reclaim God’s plan for their lives and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography or other unhealthy sexual behaviors.

The RECLAiM Sexual Health Online Recovery Program provides a unique integration of Theology of the Body, The Brain Science of Change, proven cognitive tools, accountability, group support, faith practices and prayer all in one, online community. Working at your own pace in an anonymous and safe environment, you can begin to change your unhealthy sexual behaviors and reclaim God’s original plan for your life and your sexuality.

reclaimsexualhealth.com


Matt Fradd, Catholic Apologist and Speaker

mattfradd.com/category/pornography/

theporneffect.com

Books by Matt Fradd:

“Delivered:  True Stories of Men & Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity”

“Restored: True Stories of Love and Lust After Porn”

Deliverance from pornography is possible and these true stories prove it. The pious man whose fairytale marriage was almost destroyed by his fierce addiction… The young woman who escaped a broken and abusive childhood only to become ensnared in porn’s seamy underworld… The couple who tried everything to beat the pain and shame of porn in their home… The female musician who thought porn was a guy thing until she got hooked herself… …and five other inspiring tales of liberation from the ravages of pornography.


Local Counseling and Support Groups

St. Raphael Counseling

Offices in Denver, Littleton and Louisville, CO

If you are interested in joining either group, please call 720-675-7796 for a FREE 30-minute consultation. The groups meets weekly, and costs $50 per session.

Men’s Porn Addiction Recovery Group – Group Counseling

This is a highly confidential group of men, 18 years and older, who desire personal, spiritual, relational and physical restoration from pornography. Group therapy is different from accountability groups, small group bible studies, etc. We focus on the core issues related to addictions, while at the same time address masculinity and sexuality from a therapeutic, restorative and Catholic perspective.

Women Affected by Pornography – Group Counseling

At St. Raphael Counseling, we believe that God desires to reestablish a woman’s sense of dignity that has been wounded by men’s addiction to pornography. Many times, women are left wondering, “Is this my fault?” “Why does he prefer pornography to me?” “Why am I not enough?” Rather than meeting these women with guilt and shame, we know that God seeks to answer these questions, and to restore them to the truth of their own inherent goodness and beauty.

This is a highly confidential group of women, 18 years and older, who desire personal, spiritual, relational and physical restoration from the ways in which men’s use of pornography has affected them. Group therapy is different from fellowship groups, small group bible studies, etc. We focus on the core issues related to your partner’s sexual addiction and its effects on you, while at the same time address femininity and sexuality from a therapeutic, restorative and Catholic perspective.


Further Reading

  1. “Bought With a Price: Every Man’s Duty to Protect Himself and His Family from a Pornographic culture.””
    Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Diocese of Arlington, VA – Pastoral Letter on Pornography
  2. “Porn Goes Mainstream”
    Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde – First Things Article
  3. “The Truth & Meaning of Human Sexuality:  Guidelines for Education within the Family.”
    Pontifical Council for the Family
  4. covenanteyes.com/2015/06/08/why-marriage-wont-cure-your-porn-problem/

 

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