Marriage Preparation Retreats for Engaged Couples
Beginning 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 replaces the one day Life Choice program). Dates and registration for these retreats are located in the next column on this page.
Marriage Prep brochures: For the latest brochures on Marriage Prep please download the two files listed below.
Note: The new Marriage Prep brochure with dates for 2020 is being printed and will be available soon. The 10 Steps brochure does not change.
NEW: Marriage Encounter in Spanish, begins with the Feb. 14-16th 2020 weekend in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
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The ongoing Worldwide Marriage Encounter (English) group will have their first 2020 weekend on the same date (Feb. 14-16). Both will be held at the Tracy Center in separate sessions. (You'll find more information in the 2nd column.
Ready to spend a quiet weekend intentionally reconnecting with your spouse and encountering God powerfully as a couple?
The next Domestic Church marriage weekend will be October 17-20, 2019 at Rosaryville. For more information or to register, visit DomesticChurchFamilies.com.
Questions? Feel free to send an email to diocesan coordinators Michael and Erin Franco at email@example.com.
For general information on Domestic Church
Prayer for Safety in 2019 Hurricane Season
O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude. You are still the Master of the land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control: the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, and overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster.
During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.
The Most Reverend Maurice Schexnayder
Second Bishop of Lafayette
(1957 following Hurricane Audrey)
2020 Called to Love