In Support of Marriage and Family Life - Resources
Last Updated on September 6, 2017
Couples For Christ
This is a religious movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. It is a community of Christian couples who have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another, so that they may grow into maturity as men and women of God. To fulfill their primary vocation of raising up their families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God. It is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. It grows mainly through the establishment of localized units in different parishes. To visit their website click here.
"Our marriage was at a breaking point"
A few years ago Anastasia Winterhalt and Anthony McCarthy’s marriage was at a breaking point. “I didn’t think I could possibly fix what was broken,” says Winterhalt. “We had no communication, I was ready to divorce my husband.” Winterhalt thought all was lost, that’s when her mother suggested she try Retrouvaille.
Lack of communication, resentment, fighting and living separate lives while married are just some of the common factors responsible for the breakdown of many marriages. The reasons are as varied as the couples that take part.
Retrouvaille has Catholic roots but the program is for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, wanting a stronger marriage. It is based on an intensive weekend-long experience followed by 6 follow up sessions. The main emphasis of the program is on communication and rebuilding relationships.
McCarthy says Retrouvaille gave him a new language. “I was never much of a talker, especially when it came to the hard stuff. The program was intense but it got to the root of things,” he explains. “It’s given me the confidence to express my emotions with my wife and the rest of my family.”
Winterhalt & McCarthy are now trying to help other couples find their way back to a caring, passionate & loving marriage, as they have. They are the community coordinators for Retrouvaille Saskatchewan.
The next Retrouvaille Weekend will be held on September 29th to October 1st, 2017.
Anthony & Anastasia are open to sharing their story and explaining more about the Retrouvaille process.
Anastasia (306) 716-6982 or awinterhalthotmail [dot] com
Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) is an intensive weekend of preparation, in which each couple is offered the time and opportunity to question, examine, and deepen their relationship, share in community and be open to God's plan. Topics covered during the weekend include; self-awareness, values and ideals, communication, decision making, intimacy in marriage, Natural Family Planning, prayer and unity. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions between themselves, dealing with all aspects of married life. A weekend stay is necessary to keep the atmosphere generated by the Encounter - away from the distractions of everyday lives. These marriage preparation retreats are held at various locations in Saskatchewan (Moose Jaw, Muenster, Wolseley). To register, visit our website or contact Stella or Ron Anderson at (306)596-2951
COLF was jointly founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Knights of Columbus. It promotes respect for human life and dignity, and the essential role of the family through publications of various leaflets, samples of which have been sent to your parishes. Sample copies can be obtained from the Vocation Office or downloaded from their web site.
It is with great hope and joy that the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) announces the launch of its Message to Families 2008. Entitled "Towards a true sexual liberation," this text aims to inspire readers to discover the “theology of the body” as taught by Pope John Paul II.
Given the hypersexualization of the human person in our society, and the fact that we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, this new reflection is an invitation to discover – or rediscover – the meaning of life while learning about the true significance of the human body, sexuality and love … At the beginning, what was God’s plan for human love? What is the truth about the human being – the man-being and the woman-being?
This document will be particularly useful to parents, teachers and everyone who seeks to guide young people towards a healthy understanding of human sexuality. It will also be of interest in helping young men and women to discern the vocation that God intends for them: marriage or celibate chastity lived out in the priesthood, in religious life, or in the celibate lay apostolate in the world.
To order copies of the Message to Families 2008, please visit our website or contact us at: 2500 Don Reid Drive Ottawa, ON, K1H 2J2 Tel: 613-241-9461, ext. 161 Fax: 613-241-9048 Email: colfcolf [dot] ca Diocesan contacts: Joe and Shelly Maierhoffer gmjoeaccesscomm [dot] ca (e-mail).
Support network for couples from different Christian traditions who choose to share both traditions with each other and their family. A great resource site. An initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Contact Maureen and Darrel Chastkiewicz at 306-949-6672 or dchasaccesscomm [dot] ca (e-mail). They are connected internationally with the Association of Interchurch Families (AIF) which was formed in 1968.
Birthright is an international organization prepared to help pregnant women to make a a decision about their pregnancy whether they are single or married, regardless of age, race or religion. Call 306-359-1862 or 800-550-4900.
OptionS provides pregnancy tests, options counseling, support for choosing adoption, abortion recovery support, baby clothing and supplies, free of charge. The center is located at 715 Victoria Avenue, Regina SK S4N 0R4. Business: 757-1371 Support: 757-3344 or supportreginapregnancy [dot] com (email)
A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.
Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?
Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?
Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?
Have you thought about separation or divorce?
Does talking about it only make it worse?
... Retrouvaille provides marriage help! The word 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.
For confidential inquiries, contact Wendy and Fritz Friedrich in Saskatoon at 306-652-7155 or retrouvaillesasktel [dot] net (e-mail).
Saskatchewan Pro-Life works through prayer, education and political action for the respect and protection of all human life from conception until natural death. Phone 888-842-7752 or splasasktel [dot] net (e-mail).
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is an opportunity for a married couple to rediscover one another and focus on their relationship in a loving encounter. We believe every couple deserves this experience. For more information about Worldwide Marriage Encounter contact: Marc and Anita Loiselle P.O. Box 25 Vonda, Saskatchewan. S0K 4N0 Phone: 306-258-2192 Fax: 306-258-2169 Email: loisellebaudoux [dot] ca
or Saskatchewan County Coordinators Ray & Kathleen Prima 1039 Avenue E North Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7L 1S9 306-374-8410 E-mail: randkprimashaw [dot] ca