To provide married couples in the Diocese of Trenton with a variety of opportunities to enhance their marriage, the Department of Youth, Marriage and Family Life promotes various marriage enrichment events that celebrate the beauty of sacramental marriage, encourages married couples to get involved in parish ministry, to pray together daily, and make use of recommended marriage resources.
“Marriage is hard work.” This familiar expression is one that all couples in happy, healthy marriages understand. Christian married couples are called to commit themselves entirely to each other, and always make the marital relationship their top priority. All couples, even those in the strongest marriages, need to be affirmed and re-energized from time to time.
Marriage Encounter is a weekend enrichment program designed to help build communication skills between husband and wife. A series of presentations given by married couples and a priest provides meaningful reflection for couples to refocus on their relationship, with private time for discussion away from the distractions of every day life. Couples who complete a Marriage Encounter weekend have an opportunity to join a local community of other “encountered” couples to continue to build on the positive experiences of their weekend as they develop a deeper level of intimacy in their marriage.
Check our event calendar for dates and locations; to make reservations for Marriage Encounter weekends in Central New Jersey, please contact Jack and Annarose Parra at 1-888-827-NJME.
For Marriage Encounter weekends in southern New Jersey, contact Bob and Michelle Dooley at 1-800-688-9963.
For Hispanic Marriage Encounter Weekends please contact Raul and Rudy Avila at (609) 448-0098.
Retrouvalle (www.retrouvaille.org) or “rediscovery,” is an intensive weekend and post weekend program originating from the Marriage Encounter movement to help couples in troubled marriages. The Retrouvaille experience gives couples the tools they need to get to the root of marital discord, repair the trust in their relationship and develop a deeper level of intimacy in the marriage.
Held in Selected Parishes
Living in Love is a mini retreat workshop for married couples designed to energize the romance and renew the excitement of being in love. This day and a half parish-based event provides the insight that enables each couple to create the lifestyle and marriage they have always dreamed of. The weekend is a series of presentations followed by questions for reflection and private couple discussion. The program is grounded in solid Catholic teaching on marital love, inspired by Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Topics include: Dreams and Memories, Formation in the Family, Cultural Barriers, Trust, Reconciliation, Affirmation, Signs and Wonders, Living in Love, and Vision.
If you are considering working with engaged couples of your parish, this is the initial training forPreparing to Live in Love, a new parish mentoring program for the engaged. Mentor training also includes Living in Love Everyday skills training for married couples. Learn how to incorporate the valuable relationship skills form your LIving in Love weekend into daily married life for the best marriage possible, as you learn to share these skills with engaged couples.
To learn more about the Living in Love Marriage Retreat and Living in Love Everyday skills training, or to hold a LIving in Love retreat at your parish, contact Peg Hensler, Coordinator of Marriage Ministries, 609-403-7156.
All engaged and newly married couples share the same hope – they all desire a “soulmate” relationship – the kind that enables them to truly understand each other, and share their innermost thoughts, desires, and dreams. Great couple communication can only take place when couples are completely in tune with each other’s communication styles.
In response to the needs of today’s Catholic and Interfaith couples, the Department of Youth, Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Trenton offers our parishes the opportunity to sponsor a very special program based on the bestselling book by marriage expert, Dr. Gary Chapman – The 5 Love Languages. This parish-based worshop is designed to enable couples to identify their own individual communication styles, and learn how to mesh the two for the most harmonious and deeply intimate relationship possible.
For upcoming workshops or for information on how to offer this workshop in your parish, please call Beatriz Cancel in the Department of Youth, Marriage and Family Life at 609-403-7151 email@example.com