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 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: Ways to Turn Your Beloved Off #10 - Let your body language show disdain or contempt. Rolling your eyes, a scowl, ignoring a request by walking away can speak louder than a yell. Check out any belittling mannerisms you may have that hurt your spouse.



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

The weekend dates for 2018 have not been announced yet.


 WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER : Erie Diocese: For more information and registration call Terry & Beth Gillis at 412-635-7775 or go to for more information.

      The weekend dates for 2018 are:

      • June 1-3, 2018 at:  the Double Tree by Hilton
                                       near the Pittsburg Airport
                                       8402 University Blvd.
                                       Moon Township, PA 15108
      •  November 2-4, 2018 in Bolivar, PA.


      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 for an overview of this program.  Or for more information and registration, contact 716-474-9371.

       The dates for the 2018 Retrouvaille Weekends are:

      • May 4-6, 2018 at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, NY
      • September 21-23, 2018 at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, 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 2018 are:

        • February 18
        • March 11
        • April 8
        • April 29
        • May 20
        • June 10
        • June 24
        • September 9
        • September 30
        • October 21
        • November 18
        • December 9
        • December 30

        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 for those who are currently engaged to be married. 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


        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 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 for couples celebrating their 50th, 60th and 70 plus anniversaries of marriage took place Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00 pm, at St. Joseph 's Cathedral.   For more information about the upcoming 2018 Wedding Anniversary Celebration, please contact your parish or email 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.  If you celebrated your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year and could not make it to the Mass, please contact your local parish or the Office of Family Life Ministries (email: for information on how to receive a certificate recognizing this. 


        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