For Your Marriage

Information from the Diocese of Grand Rapids website; www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org

Every marriage matters, because marriage comes from the hand of God. God brings a man and a woman together to love and support each other.

Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM)
Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM). CCWM’s programs and services support individuals and families in coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties and life cycle issues such as birth, loss, aging and family relationships.

Marriage: Unique for a Reason (Initiative of the USCCB)
Marriage: Unique for a Reason offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a Catholic retreat for married couples with good marriages to enrich their marriages. Think of it as a tune-up for your marriage – an opportunity to get away from every day distractions and concentrate on the two of you.

Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS)
Developed by Lori H. Gordon, Ph.D., PAIRS provide a comprehensive system to enhance self-knowledge and to develop the ability to sustain intimate relationships. Contact Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Dan and Vicki Schneider, certified teaching couple.

Retrouvaille
For couples contemplating separation or divorce, whose marriages have become troubled or stressed, unloving or uncaring, cold or distant; or for those already separated or divorced who want to try again … help is available! Retrouvaille (a French word meaning rediscovery) offers the tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. For information, call (616) 752-7004 or email accept2love@live.com. All calls are kept in the strictest confidence.

Married Love and the Gift of Life
Marriage is more than a civil contract; it is a lifelong covenant of love between a man and a woman. It is an intimate partnership in which husbands and wives learn to give and receive love unselfishly, and then teach their children to do so as well.

For Your Marriage
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Web site is designed to promote healthy marriages with everything from daily marriage tips to statistics on divorce, cohabitation and caring for aging parents.