February 25, 2022

Spring Marriage Supplement

Resources for married couples in challenging times

Following is a list of resources provided by the archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life to help married couples facing challenging tiimes in their marriage:

• “Witness to Love” Virtual Date Night Series (witnesstolove.org/datenight): for married couples, military couples, hospital workers and first responders.

ForYourMarriage.org: sponsored by the U.S. Catholic bishops, library of helpful blog posts for every stage of marriage preparation and married life.

• The Third Option (carmelthirdoption.org/web): series of free, virtual workshops for couples considering divorce who want to give their marriage a chance. Upcoming dates and topics: March 3, Understanding Expectations; March 10, Re-Defining Power Struggle; March 17, Control Issues; March 24, Listening Beyond the Words; March 31, Personality Differences.

• Retrouvaille (www.helpourmarriage.org): weekend retreat and follow-up sessions for couples struggling or separated needing support to avoid divorce, offered in Indianapolis, New Albany and neighboring dioceses. Upcoming retreats: March 4 (deadline to register is Feb. 28) and Aug. 12 in Indianapolis; April 1 and Sept. 9 in Cincinnati.

• Red Bird Ministries (redbird.love): Catholic apostolate for spouses experiencing the death of a child, from miscarriage to adulthood; free support groups available online, paid additional resources available.

• STRIVE for Men (cutt.ly/cleanheart) and BLOOM for Women (www.bloomforcatholicwomen.com): for couples negatively affected by pornography use in their marriage.

• Infertility: select “Natural Family Planning” from left-hand menu at www.archindy.org/marriageandfamily for resources and contact information for Catholic doctors and certified instructors.

• Catholic Therapist Directory: select “Therapists” from left-hand menu at www.archindy.org/marriageandfamily, most in the Indianapolis area, some offer online counseling. Catholic therapists wishing to be added to the directory can contact Office of Marriage and Family Life.

To access these and many other resources, go to www.archindy.org/marriageandfamily and select “Marriage Resources” from the left-hand menu.


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