Office of Marriage and Family Life


Marriage Enrichment Opportunities

Living in Love

 "Living in Love provides a unique opportunity for married couples to reconnect with their own personal love history while gaining a joyful sense of purpose, hope, and direction for the future."

Come, see why over 700 couples in the Archdiocese have experienced this retreat!


Upcoming Living in Love Retreats:

January 16-17, 2016 at Sacred Heart Parish, Sabetha, Kansas. Saturday, January 16th from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (includes a romantic dinner!); Concludes on Sunday, January 17th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Parish Mass is part of the day.)

The perfect Valentine gift for your husband or wife: THE LIVING IN LOVE RETREAT!

Saturday, February 13-14, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, Overland Park. Saturday February 13, 8:30 a.m.  until 9:00 p.m. (Includes a romantic dinner). Sunday, February 14, 7:30 a.m. (parish mass) concludes at 3:00 p.m.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter  

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a faith-based experience dedicated to building stronger marriages. Nearly two million couples worldwide have discovered a renewed excitement and have strengthened their marriage through this enrichment.

Come and experience the joy to be found in your marriage. The next weekend is January 29-31, 2016 at Savior Pastoral Center.

What couples are saying about this enrichment:

"Our lives are full of hectic schedules, kids, work, kids!  It seems we never had a chance to really talk let alone romance each other before our weekend.  Now we have a tool to use to keep US on the front burner.  Thank goodness we made a weekend—we are more alive and in love than we could ever have imagined."

Joan & Bob

Married 16 years 

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Clergy Resources


A family that doesn't eat together is 'hardly a family,' pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.

Continuing his catechetical series on family life, the pope reflected on the theme of togetherness, which is manifested at the dinner table. The pope said that "to share a meal -- and not just food, but also affection, stories, events -- is a fundamental experience."

The pope said Christians have a special vocation to foster family togetherness. The dinner table, he noted, is the place chosen by Jesus to teach his disciples and where he summarized the meaning of his death on the cross "that nourishes true and everlasting love."


Are we willing to commit to at least one "family" meal per day?

Is it a meal on the run, or, a time to share food, affection and stories?

  • In the Baptism rite parents agree to be the first teachers of the faith.
  • How can parents, like Jesus, use the dinner table to teach faith and love?

Holy Family Guide our Homes!