Marriage & Family Life
In addition to the local level organizations, these diocesan and national organizations have groups within our community.
Catholic Engaged Encounter is a Catholic Christian marriage preparation program for couples seeking the Sacrament of Marriage. It is a weekend program free of the tensions, pressures, and interruptions of daily living. The program is based on Catholic teachings and values and emphasizes the couple relationship in terms of a lifetime commitment, utilizing tools for practical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Upcoming Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekends at the Spiritual Life Center (316) 744-0167 http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/marriage/marriage-preparation/engaged-encounter
||Mike & Neita Christopherson
Preparing to Live in Love
Preparing to live in love is an alternative to traditional marriage prep that is personal, flexible, practical, and incredibly relevant. You meet in the home of a specifically trained mentor couple who is authentically living in love and benefit from their experience as well as the course content and written take home materials. Initial contact and scheduling must be at the parish office 665-5163.
||Jack & Sarah McEnaney
Living in Love
Whether you have been married 4 months or 40 years, the Living in Love program offers a refreshingly positive experience, keen insight into masculinity and femininity, and a liberating perspective about the Sacrament of Matrimony. Living in Love is an exciting day and a half parish based retreat workshop designed to energize the romance and renew the joy of being in love through a practical application of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
For couples married five or more years, Marriage Encounter is a weekend retreat designed to help renew a couple’s love through communication, intimacy, and a deeper understanding of the sacrament that unites them. An atmosphere is created where the couple can concentrate exclusively on one another in private and confidential environment.
Contact for registration and application: Clay & Aida Morrow, (562) 331-4905. http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/marriage/marriage-enrichment/marriage-encounter
||Wayne & Elaine McCrary
The Choice Wine Marriage Enrichment
The Choice Wine, 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage, is a new parish marriage enrichment program that places authentic marital happiness within every couple’s reach. God is profoundly present in marriage and family life. The Choice Wine enrichment program can help you enjoy that lifetime together even more fully! This interactive, multimedia program consists of nine two- hour sessions held in the fall and spring of the year and is limited to 25 couples. A $10 donation is requested to offset the cost of materials.
Natural Family Planning
The mission of the Natural Family Planning ministry is to provide education and witness about the Church's extensive teaching on marriage and family life. This is accomplished through NFP classes, presentations at Mass, RCIA or any other parish or community group. Whether you are engaged, in the early part of married life, or longtime supporters of NFP you can share your enthusiasm by providing support to other NFP users, providing refreshments during NFP classes, or by being willing to present NFP talks to various groups. This contact can also be used if interested in learning NFP.
||Kirk & Kathy Zongker
Baptism Preparation is a one-hour class exploring the meaning and benefits of this sacrament. Administration of the sacrament is discussed in detail as well as the symbolic meaning of all the sacred rituals. This required class is meant to help the new parents become more familiar with the sacrament and the commitment involved in raising their children in the faith.
Initial contact and scheduling must be at the parish office 665-5163.
Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
Director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life