To provide married couples in the Diocese of Trenton with a variety of opportunities to enhance their marriage, the Department of Evangelization 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.
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.