Marriage Preparation 2019 Engaged Couple's Retreat
As of January 2019, the Diocese asks engaged couples to make a weekend retreat as part of their spiritual preparation for marriage. Couples who are planning to marry will need God’s help to meet the challenging demands of their marital vocation. Engaged couples can now choose from one of two weekend retreats that the Diocese offers. Couples may choose The New Called To Love retreat weekend, which focuses on the readings, prayers and vows of the marriage ceremony to discover what God is calling them to in marriage, or the Engaged Encounter weekend, which focuses on writing and sharing exercises that challenge the partners to explore important aspects of marriage. Both retreats are offered in an overnight weekend format beginning on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon.
(The Called to Love retreat is part of pre-Cana preparation and replaces the one day Life Choice program). Dates and registration for these retreats are located in the next column on this page.
For the latest brochures on Marriage Prep for 2019 please download the two files listed below.
Prayer for Families After the Floods
Gracious and Almighty Father,
In this time of loss and sorrow following the floods,
Please be with our families and loved ones
As we attempt to pick up the pieces of our damaged homes and tumultuous lives.
Give us strength and courage to face each day with hope and renewal.
Grant calm and patience to our mothers and fathers even when stresses are great.
Grant obedience and flexibility to our children even when they don’t fully understand what’s going on around them.
Grant generosity and compassion to our neighborhoods so that we might support each other and offer helping hands and gentle words when the strength of others falters.
Help us to grow closer to each other and to You
And let this be an opportunity for our faith to find new roots in your unceasing mercy.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for all that you have done for us and continue to do,
You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
We also turn to you, our Blessed Mother, protector of families, that you may see our need as you saw the need of the newly married couple in Cana (John 2). We ask that you petition Jesus on our behalf to supply what necessities enable our households to return to normal again. Ame
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