Welcome to Marriage and Family Care webpage. Here, you will find resources for ministry to couples and families.
Ave Maria Press is sponsoring a free e-newsletter (quarterly editions) for engaged or recently married couples and for couples who work with engaged couples. Couples may register online www.avemariapress.com click on the Together for Life E-Newsletter link on the left menu bar. For more information contact: MarianneAgnoli 563-888-4242 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USCCB has a website devoted to marriage, www.foryourmarriage.org. There are many articles, interactive surveys, references that support and promote healthy relationships. There is information for those who are dating, engaged, married, and the theology of marriage. The web site also addresses issues in marriage, parenting and family as well as linking to resources and organizations for help in strengthening relationships.
During this Year of Mercy we are reminded to focus upon the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, tangible actions that show charity toward others. In Intimate Graces, Teresa Tomeo and her husband, Dominick Pastore, demonstrate how applying these fourteen traditional virtues of Catholic spirituality can foster deeper intimacy in any marriage. The couple uses personal stories and reflections, as well as the experiences of other Catholic couples, to show how a husband and wife can become, in a real way, a haven of compassion and virtue for each other.
Tomeo and Pastore each write in their own voice and include reflection questions, practical suggestions, and a prayer at the end of each chapter.
Partners on the Journey is a Catholic marriage enrichment program published by the Gottman Institute. The DVD, facilitators guide and participant booklet are reasonable priced, and can be used by parish groups or individual couples. Click on the photo for more information.
Announcing another tool to use for relationship assessment. Three separate inventories are available:
1. Married Couples (great for marriage enrichment) Just click on the Catholic Couple Checkup Logo on diocesan web site-family life page
2. Dating Couples (helps determine if you are ready for marriage). Just click on the Catholic Couple Checkup Logo on diocesan web site-family life page.
3. Engaged Couples (fulfills many diocesan requirements for a premarital inventory) *please note that for couples who are using the online marriage preparation program in the Diocese of Davenport this inventory is already included in your online registrations. Go to www.catholicmarriageprepclass.com
Cost is ($29.95 USD) payable with credit card. Select the appropriate inventory for your needs. A detailed report and discussion guide are available to you after you've completed the inventory.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a marriage enrichment program designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their relationship. The emphasis of the weekend is on communication between husband and wife. Couples are able to spend quality time together away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to concentrate on their marriage. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is a positive, renewing experience for couples that have a good marriage, but want to make it even better!
Click here for a flyer listing upcoming dates and locations in Iowa.
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Written by Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria and published by Ave Maria Press, www.avemariapress.com. One in six couples in the United States experience infertility. Catholic couples often face additional confusion, worry, and frustration as they explore available medical options. Just published this new resource is comprehensive, compassionate, and Catholic!
Some of the chapters included are: Reproductive Technology and the Catholic Church, Treatment Options for Catholics, Infertility's Effect on Marriage, A Male Perspective on Infertility, The Loss of Miscarriage, and How Family and Friends Can Help.
This is not only a great resource for couples, but for parish nurses, pastors, deacons, parish life coordinators, pastoral associates, bereavement support teams, and Elizabeth Ministry program directors. To review a copy before you order contact: Marianne Agnoli 563-888-4242 or email@example.com.
A website that would be a good link on your parish web site or parish bulletin for those who are divorced is www.nacsdc.org. Many times our divorced parish members feel abandoned by the Church. This is one way to connect them to resources on line that are from a Catholic organization, Catholic Divorce Ministry (CDM).
The Bishops' statement “Create in Me a Clean Heart” is a pastoral response to pornography and relevant reading for everyone since pornography has become such a pervasive cultural phenomenon. Share this statement on social media and elsewhere along with these additional resources relating to pornography use and addiction recovery.