Marriage is a life-long and life-giving vocation. The Church is aware of the challenges of marriage—inevitable when a man and a woman are joined to become one. Marriage is the most intimate relationship of all, designed to be one of increasing intimacy and growing interdependence. Marriage requires commitment and hard work as it develops into an ever-increasing loving and fruitful relationship. It entails two people actively listening and communicating with one another on a deeper level.
The Ogilvie Centre is eager to assist parishes as they work with married couples to help deepen this relationship by equipping them with tools to build a strong and loving marriage. Currently, the Centre is involved in organising weekends away at Kilcoy Castle for married couples based on the Alpha Marriage Course.
The Marriage Course was developed in 1996 by Nicky and Sila Lee for couples who are married or in a long-term relationship seeking practical support to strengthen their relationship, keep the spark alive and stay connected. It acts as a bridge between the church and the local community by recognising the need to go beyond the social, as well as physical, walls of the church to help couples improve their relationships. The Marriage Course is designed to be easy for churches to run; with episodes that are available to buy and download online, along with training, guides, and journals. The sessions are completely private, with no group work.
Over seven sessions, the course covers the below topics:
- Strengthening Connection,
- The Art of Communication,
- Resolving Conflict,
- The Power of Forgiveness,
- The Impact of Family,
- Good Sex and Love in Action.
- Theology of the Body Course
- The 6-month online video access to Theology of the body
- Theology of the Body Workbook
- Marriage Course by Alpha
- Marriage Course Materials
- The Marriage Book by Nicky and Sila Lee
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- Theology of the Body in Simple Language Audiobook
For More Information about attending an online course, weekend retreat, or about any of the resources available, please email Marta and Michal Wachucik using the contact form below: