Sponsorship Program: For Better and Forever
We are looking for married couples who would like to sponsor/mentor engaged couples, by means of a marriage preparation program called For Better and Forever. This program will enrich your own relationship through sharing and dialogue, as you guide one to two couples per year towards the sacrament of marriage. The sponsor couples welcome the engaged couples into their own home and share about their experience as married couples. We are not looking for “perfect” couples! Training will be provided for couples who wish to become sponsors. Please contact us for further details.
Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Are you celebrating an milestone wedding anniversary this year (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years or more)? Sign up to take part in the annual diocesan wedding anniversary celebration. Each Fall, Archbishop Albert LeGatt presides a celebratory mass at the Saint Boniface Cathedral. Couples are invited to renew their marriage vows and to receive a special blessing. A reception follows and couples are invited to have their picture taken with the Archbishop. All participating couples receive a certificate of commendation.
To register for this annual Celebration, please contact us!
Couples’ Getaway Weekend
The Getaway Weekend offers married couples a chance to take time away to reconnect as spouses. The experience is meant to be both restful and energizing. The beautiful surroundings of Camp Cedarwood Camp near Lac du Bonnet provide access to a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including an outside whirlpool. A christian DVD conference, designed to enrich relationships, is presented during the weekend. A childcare service is available on location to provide respite for parents who would like to bring young children (under 25 months).
Table for Two – an activity for parishes
Would you like to organize a marriage enrichment activity in your parish? Think of planning a ‘Table for Two’, an event that promotes dialogue and intimacy. The concept is simple: a romantic dinner, during which couples answer a series of questions amongst each other, at each course. A guest couple may give a testimonial during the evening. The Service of Marriage, Family, and Life can help you in planning such an event. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!
Other Resources for
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekends offer an opportunity for married couples to get away and enliven the excitement, romance and passion in their relationship as well as to strengthen their marriage. A weekend experience is a time for couples to listen to presentations and share privately with each other; a time to focus on themselves. The WWME weekends in Manitoba take place in a Winnipeg hotel.
World Marriage Day: http://wmd.wwme.org
An initiative of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, World Marriage Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. Ideas for activities that parishes can organize are available on the website.
The Chemin Neuf Community: www.chemin-neuf.ca/annuaire-en/canada-1/st-charles ; www.facebook.com/CheminNeufWinnipeg
This Catholic community organizes an annual six-day summer retreat for married couples at the St. Charles Retreat Centre. The ‘Cana’ retreat aims to strengthen marriages and deepen the spiritual lives of the couples. Activities for children of the participating couples are organized on the premises.
REFOCCUS Marriage Enrichment Inventory: www.foccusinc.com
Similar to the FOCCUS pre-marriage inventory which help couples engage in important discussions, this program can help married couples enrich their marriage. A couple can choose to take the inventory online, on their own. The six questionnaires included as part of the REFOCCUS Marriage Enrichment Inventory can also be used in a group setting with several couples.