Events

For the Married

 

Married Couples Needed!

Husband/Wife Teams are needed to help with our Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program, "Journey into Love".  There is a need for more married couples to give a 20 minute talk at this Pre-Cana program.  Come and share on important topics such as effective communication, commitment/spirituality, marital roadblocks, sacramental marriage, and to help people understand more clearly the importance of family and the gift of married life as husband and wife.  If you have an interest in doing this, please call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716-847-2210 for more information.

 

Marriage Moments

Marriage Moments is full short, concise, practical and helpful ideas that are provided weekly through http://www.susanvogt.net/. These ideas can assist you in discussions with your spouse, caring skills and building a stronger marriage.  Visit the Susan Vogt Website for more information and articles.

Your Weekly Marriage Moment: An "Emotional Affair" prevention strategy is to put your spouse on your calendar. Schedule a weekly date and/or an annual enrichment day or weekend.

 

ENRICHMENT AND SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR THE MARRIED

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. 

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER : National EventsThe weekend dates for  2017 are:

  • November 17 - 19, 2017 at Notre Dame Retreat House                                                      in Canadaigua, NY  14224

For more information, call  Rob & Beth Knoff at 877- 697-9963 or visit www.wwme-wny.org for more information.

 WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER : Erie Diocese.  The weekend dates for 2017 are:

  • November 3 - 5, 2017 at Bolivar, PA

      For more information and registration call Terry & Beth Gillis at 412-635-7775 or go to www.WWME.org for more information.

      RETROUVAILLE (Rediscovery) is a lifeline for troubled marriages.  Are you frustrated, hurt, or angry with each other?  Have you thought about a separation or divorce?  This is a program for married couples of all faiths.  

      It begins with a weekend experience where husbands and wives are helped to re-establish communication and to gain new insights into themselves individually and as a couple.  Over 75% of participating couples are not only still together but definitely have improved their once strained marital relationship. Go to www.HelpOurMarriage.com for an overview of this program.  Or for more information and registration, contact 716-474-9371.

      The dates for the 2017 Retrouvaille Weekends are:    

      • October 20 - 22, 2017 at Stella Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY

      Read Bishop Malone's pastoral letter:  Marriage: Yesterday-Today-Always

        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 current meeting dates for 2017 are:

        • October 1
        • October 22
        • November 12
        • December 3
        • December 17 

        For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit the Third Option Website.

        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 www.hearttoheartworkshops.com, 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 pdnyhart1@yahoo.com.

        SPECIAL NEEDS

        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 www.exceptionalmarriages.com or e-mail counseling@exceptionalmarriages.com.


        EMPOWERMENT OPPORTUNITIES

        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: www.foryourmarriage.org. 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 host@coupleprayer.org.  Mail P.O. Box 1270, Royal Oak, MI 48068.  Phone 248 546-7253 or www.coupleprayer.org.

        WORLD MARRIAGE DAY is observed in February, generally on the second Sunday of the month. This year it is Sunday February 11, 2018. Liturgical suggestions and ideas for celebrating the gifts of Christian marriage and family are provided annually to parishes or individuals.  Please check out the World Marriage Day website!

         

        WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS

        WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS for couples celebrating their 50th, 60th and 70 plus anniversaries of marriage will take place Sunday, October 15, 2017, 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 e-mail us at familylife@buffalodiocese.org.

        RESERVATIONS for this event are due by October 2, 2017.

        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.

        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 familylife@buffalodiocese.org.