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Suggested References, Programs, and Resources:

List of Books, Articles, and Small Group study programs for Marriage and Family Enrichment
Faith Based Marriage, Parenting, and Family Enrichment Resources (USCCB)
My House - The Archindy Anti-Pornography Effort Homepage
List of Indianapolis-based Marriage and Family Counselors
Natural Family Planning
Celebrate Marriage: Giving Couples Opportunities for Christ-Centered Marriage Enrichment through large group events, small groups, and individual couple experiences. For more information please visit their website or email at
The Marriage in Christ Seminar: This program focuses on 3 elements: Friendship with God, Friendship with Spouse, and Invoking the Holy Spirit. Each seminar has a weekly two-hour session for five consecutive weeks. For more information please call 651-789-2888 ext. 113 or email
St. Luke's Marriage on Tap: Enjoy a "date night" with your spouse and other married couples. The evening includes food, fellowship, and a speaker to inspire all present to live Christ-filled marriages. Cost is $40 per couple and includes dinner with a cash bar. Follow the link above for more information on dates and registration.

For Veterans:

Family Support Center
"Warrior to Soul Mate"

Marriage Retreats:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter - If you’d like greater depth, growth, and enrichment in your relationship, you will like the difference a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend can make!
Retrouvaille - A Program for Troubled Marriages
Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) is a not spiritual retreat, sensitivity group, seminar, or social gathering. Retrouvaille is a worldwide program that teaches couples how rediscover each other and work through difficult times in their marriages. This program offers an opportunity for you and your spouse to work privately on your marriage. During the weekend phase of Retrouvaille, a series of presentations are given by a team of three couples and a priest. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending the weekend and follow-up sessions.
  • Retrouvaille of Indianapolis
  • Register
  • Note: Follow-up sessions do not need to take place at the same location where you attended the weekend. If there is not an upcoming weekend in the Indianapolis area, please consider the surrounding states by visiting the Retrouvaille website and search by state. For example, the Diocese of Joliet and the Archdiocese of Chicago (both in Illinois) have regular weekends as well.

More For Families:

For Men:

  • "For centuries men have responded to the call to enter spiritual battle. Be confident! Be Bold! Forward, into the breach! ~Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Pope Francis’ Prayer to the Holy Family (which he shares at the end of Amoris Laetitia)

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love;
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.





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