How Can We Help You Strengthen Marriages In Your Parish?
The Willwoods Community is dedicated to assisting the promotion and enrichment of the Sacramentality of Marriage to married couples.
We have a variety of programs as well as hands-on support to help you creatively and effectively strengthen marriages.
Regardless of a parish’s circumstance (lack of finances, resources, staff, etc.) we have something for you!
Faith & Marriage Retreat Program:
Married Couples Retreats are a wonderful way for couples to break away from daily struggles and tasks and spend time rejuvenating and enriching their marriage.
Spouses will spend time growing closer through inspiring talks, private couple time, individual prayer time, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration and the celebration of the Mass.
Through God’s grace, each couple will walk away with a renewed strength and a deeper commitment to each other and God.
How can our retreat program help your parish?
Option 1: At a Retreat Center
Parish Sponsored Retreat:
We invite every parish to announce and promote all of our Faith & Marriage Retreats in their bulletins. We also encourage parishes to consider reserving a weekend with us.
At minimum, sponsoring a retreat means that you will be the first to invite as many couples from your parish as you can to a weekend of your choice. You can use our retreat as a way of offering a very powerful, effective and memorable opportunity for your couples and for your parish, with little work on your part.
Benefits of Sponsoring a Retreat:
• Couples are more encouraged to attend
• Strengthens marriages & parish life at the same time
• The expense to the parish is little to none
• It can be as easy as, “You make announcements, we do everything else!”
Option 2: In Your Parish
Come to the Oasis:
Let us come to you and help you plan, prepare and present an Oasis.
An Oasis is a one-day in-parish retreat for married couples. Here couples will be refreshed and renewed through inspiring talks, private couple time, Reconciliation, and Adoration, all within the convenience of your own parish.
Benefits of an Oasis:
• It is at your parish
• Easier travel for everyone
• Less time commitment for the couples
• We help you organize and conduct the event
• A great way to strengthen marriages & parish life all at the same time
Faith & Marriage Enrichment Presentations:
It is so important to highlight that one of the solutions to the problem of divorce and apathy in marriage is a knowledge of the divine plan for marriage and fidelity to the living out that plan.
It is hard for couples to conform to God’s will when they are not continually enriched to God’s plan for marriage. We offer various opportunities for parishes to present God’s wonderful plan of marriage as well as providing insights on how to live out that plan.
How can we help with your parish?
We can help you plan, organize and market your next marriage enrichment event at your parish. Just give us a call and let us know how we can help lead your spouses to a deeper knowledge of the truth.
United in Love, United in Christ
Marriage Enrichment Program
United in Love – United in Christ is a six session marriage enrichment series that explores God’s awesome plan and promise for spouses. It provides practical steps in building on what St. John Paul II taught to be the “infallible” and “indispensable” way to a truly united and faithful love.
United in Love is intended for married couples, to be used in small or large group gatherings, at home or in a parish. The content of the program will use Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, magisterial documents, and quotations by holy men and women, as well as personal stories from couples who are striving to live out their marriage in Christ.
Supper & Substance
In the last three decades, thousands of couples from over seventy parishes have attended a Supper & Substance. Husbands & wives have been strengthened and parishes have grown closer together in this simple yet effective marriage enriching program.