Strengthen Your Marriage
Marriage Encounter website
~This program is designed to make a good marriage better - a weekend, overnight experience with reflection and sharing with your partner.
Dates: 2019 February 15-17; *June 21-23 (CANCELLED); October 18-20
*June 21-23 dates are CANCELLED & replaced with
July 19-21, 2019.
Location: Baton Rouge Diocesan Retreat Center - Tracy Center (click for directions)
Application Fee: $75
Register online at : www.LAMS-wwme.org
For more information call: 1-800-586-5469
Activities for Couples
“Domestic Church” is an ancient expression that recognizes the Christian family as the smallest expression of the believing community, the first herald of the Gospel, and the first school of Christian life. Currently, “Domestic Church” also refers to an officially recognized movement within the Catholic Church whose mission is to strengthen marriages and families through a deepening of personal and family spirituality.
Couples who are interested in deepening their spiritual life are invited to attend an Evangelization Retreat to begin their formation. After the retreat, they may choose to become part of a small group of couples, known as a “circle”, which meets monthly for prayer, study and mutual support. Each “circle” usually also includes a priest as a spiritual leader.
As part of their formation, couples promise to engage in daily prayer, reading of Scripture, monthly couple dialogue and monthly “circle” meetings. Through these practices, the couple draws on the grace of their sacrament by intentionally and consistently recognizing God's presence in their marriage. This strengthens their marriage and overflows naturally in love and service to their children, to the parish, and to the larger community.
For those interested in getting more information or registering for an Evangelization Retreat, please contact Michael & Erin Franco at: DomesticChurchBR@gmail.com.
Great Websites for Resources:
+For Your Marriage
+United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Marriage & Family
+Marriage: Unique for a Reason
+Catholic Couple Checkup
+Susan Vogt on Marriage
+National Healthy Marriage Resource Center
+Two of Us - Marriage
+The National Marriage Project
+Together for Life
Movies & Books:
+The Love Dare book
+Fireproof, the movie
+Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards by Dr. Ray Guarendi
+Men, Women and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri