For the Married

Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program - Team Needed

Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey into Love.  Married couples help by giving a 20 minute talk a couple times a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face.  Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage, and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as engaged couples prepare for their marriage.  If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, please call the Family Life Office at 716 847-2210.


WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER weekends offer a couple an opportunity to deepen one's love relationship with each other and God as well as revitalizing one's marriage using a technique of loving communication.  The weekend dates for 2015 - 16 are:

  • November 18 - 20, 2016                                          Notre Dame Retreat House
                                                                                     Canandaigua, NY  14424
  • March 17 - 19, 2017                                                Notre Dame Retreat House
                                                                                     Canadaigua, NY  14224
  • November 17 - 19, 2017                                           Notre Dame Retreat House
                                                                                     Canadaigua, NY  14224

For more information, call  Rob & Beth Knoff at 877- 697-9963 or visit


 WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER Erie Diocese.  The weekend dates for 2016 are:

  • March 24 - 26, 2017                                                 Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 23 - 25, 2017                                                   Pittsburgh, PA
  • November 3 - 5, 2017                                               Bolivar, PA

      For more information and registration call Terry & Beth Gillis at 724 903-0078 or go to



      RETROUVAILLE (Rediscovery) is a peer ministry program which consists of a weekend and several follow up sessions focusing on issues related to a couple's emotional life such as disillusionment, anxiety, lack of communication. Other areas touched on include forgiveness, healing, conflict, trust, intimacy and sacrament. This is a Catholic program that welcomes couples of all faith expressions as well. Over 75% of participating couples are not only still together but definitely have improved their once strained marital relationship. Go to for an overview of this program and to register if desired.  For more information and registration contact 1 800 470-2230 or 716 474-9371.  For a brochure call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 or e-mail  The dates for the 2016 Retrouvaille Weekends are:    

      • January 20 - 22, 2017                                                   Stella Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY
      • May 12-14, 2017                                                           Stella Niagara,Niagara Falls, NY
      • October 20 - 22, 2017                                                    Stella Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY

      Read Bishop Malone's pastoral letter:  Marriage: yesterday ... today ... always

        Retrouvaille Brochure

        THE THIRD OPTION - Do you  need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together?  If so, consider attending the Third Option program.  This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages.  Group meetings are held every three Sunday from 6 - 8 pm at Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Road in Cheektowaga.  The next six meetings dates for 2017 are: January 8, January 29, February 19, March 19, April 9, April 30, May 21, June 11, June 25, September 10, October 1, October 22, November 12, December 3 and December 17.  For more information, call Paul or Carol at
        716 937-9810 or visit

        HEART TO HEART:  Heart to Heart PAIRS workshops help married couples learn the tools to communicate skillfully, to problem solve constructively, and to build lasting love in their relationship with their spouse.  The rippling effect benefits their children and family as well.  PAIRS teach skills that not only strengthens their marriage but prevents separation or divorce.  Instructors are certified.  THIS PROGRAM IS FOR COUPLES WHO ARE MARRIED, NOT TO THOSE WHO ARE ENGAGED.  For information, contact Dan and Irma at, or call 716 652-5884.

        Teams of Our Lady is a program that seeks to promote authentic married love that not only leads to God but also to a more intimate and enriching relationship with one's spouse.  A Team is a group of five to seven couples affiliated with a Catholic priest/chaplain who have freely decided to join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives.  For more information or a brochure, contact Dave & Patti Nyhart at 716 648-5363 or email


        Marriage Counseling Center:  Services include couple counseling which can assist couples to end destructive emotional cycles and work toward rebuilding trust.  The Center can help one with problems that can trouble any relationship such as communication, conflict, sexuality, addictions, blended family, affairs, separation and more.  For a brochure, contact Family Life at 716 847-2210.  To schedule an appointment, contact the Marriage Counseling Center directly at 716 839-4406.  They believe your counselor should "be the last one in the room to give up on your marriage."

        Pastoral Solutions Institute:  An organization dedicated to providing resources religiously committed Catholics need to live more faithful and abundant marriage, family and personal lives.  The Institute created by Gregory Popcak, MSW, Ph.D nationally recognized Catholic psychotherapist, offers resources and professional services to help overcome difficulties like marital conflict, childrearing problems, depression, anxiety, stress and the difficulties associated with major life transitions.

        For an initial, free, informational interview, call 740 266-6461.  For articles and much more, go to or e-mail

        THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INTERCHURCH AND INTERFAITH FAMILIES: Is dedicated to serving the needs of both Interchurch and Interfaith families. While aware of some obvious differences between Interchurch couples (people from different Christian traditions) and Interfaith couples (people from different faith traditions) their focus is on what we all have in common and to assist couples and families in both groups through many articles, links and their newsletter "Together." For more information go to


        FOR YOUR MARRIAGE: The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) provides information and resources about a healthy marriage in general and Catholic marriage in particular. Offerings include a Daily Marriage Tip, regularly changing features like the monthly Marriage Quiz, Book of the Month review and Marriage in the News. They continue to add to the content on a regular basis. Go to this user friendly website: Click on Caring For Your Marriage, then Resources.

        "Together with Jesus COUPLE PRAYER SERIES."  The Couple Prayer Series Home Edition provides six sessions of Videos on DVD plus supportive print materials.  Couples grow into genuinely closer love relationships with God and one another by gradually sharing a wide variety of supportive prayer experiences including thanking God together, asking God's help together, forgiving together, blessing each other and more.  For more information, contact Bob and Kathy Ojies Couple Prayer Series e-mail  Mail P.O. Box 1270, Royal Oak, MI 48068.  Phone 248 546-7253 or

        WORLD MARRIAGE DAY is observed in February, generally on the second Sunday of the month. This year it is Sunday February 14, 2016. Liturgical suggestions and ideas for celebrating the gifts of Christian marriage and family are provided annually to parishes or individuals. Go to web site

        WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS for couples celebrating their 50th, 60th and 70 plus anniversaries of marriage will take place Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3:00 pm, at St. Joseph 's Cathedral. A reception will follow at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Family and friends are welcome. There is no cost for this event. HONOREES WILL HAVE THEIR PHOTO TAKEN WITH BISHOP RICHARD J. MALONE, Th.D.  This photo is a free gift to the honorees as a special remembrance.  For more information contact your parish or your Office of Family Life Ministries at   716 847-2210 or e-mail us at

        As part of our Annual Diocesan Recognition, all couples whether they can or cannot attend the Anniversary Mass will receive an Anniversary Scroll signed by Bishop Malone.  Please contact your local parish for information.


        FAMILY MATTERS: Family Matters is a collection of resources and inspiration on marriage, parenting and spirituality insights developed by Susan Vogt, nationally recognized Catholic author and speaker. The marriage section includes articles, recommended books, marriage enrichment programs, home activities, links to related websites and over 200 archived Marriage Moments. Go to Click on Marriage, then Resources.

        Marriage Spirituality Tune Up Packet Available: Jesus' first miracle takes place at the Wedding Feast of Cana. John 2:1-12. Jesus changes the water into wine - the best wine! He changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. Every marriage whether months or 75 plus years has tune up needs. For your free, practical, useful packet with many suggestions and resources to enrich your marriage, contact your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 or e-mail at

        Marriage Moments: Short, concise, practical, helpful ideas to enhance your relationship are provided weekly. Reference your Chancery newsletter.Click here for current insight.