Marriage Ministry

Pope Francis tells us: “The need to accompany is urgent! The next generation of marriages is counting on the married couples of today. Who else but happily married couples are going to show the truth and beauty and joy of true love.”

If you have been married at least 3 years and want to join us in Pope Francis’ mission of supporting the Sacrament of Marriage, consider volunteering to help with one of these building blocks. Contact the Family Life Office for more information at 407-645-0284 or email lori@stmargaetmary.org

6 Building Blocks of a Marriage-Building Parish

PREPARING For Sacramental Marriage

The Catholic Church is not just a beautiful place for your wedding. The Church has the wisdom to help you live out your most noble intentions, to have a forever marriage, rich beyond your dreams. We welcome Catholics and non-Catholics who desire the Sacrament of Matrimony We follow research that suggests 2 key factors determine how much a couple will benefit from marriage preparation:

  • how willing the couple is to learn something about Christian marriage.
  • how much each person is committed to the lifelong task of becoming a better person.

For couples who want to FOCCUS ON PREPARING your relationship for the journey of marriage includes:

  • Dating couples ~ not engaged
  • Engaged couples ~ preparing for Christian marriage, seeking to learn more of the skills that such a marriage will require
  • Couples in civil marriages less than 3 years, seeking to have their marriage "validated'' in the Church
  • Couples ~ married before ~ preparing for a marriage they trust will be a lasting commitment

Program is offered twice a year.  The 2019-2020 Dates are:

  • AUGUST 23rd 4-9pm & AUGUST 24th 8:30am-5pm OR....
  • JANUARY 24th 4-9pm & JANUARY 25TH 8:30am-5pm

For all questions or to begin this process contact Debbie Benson at 407-998-5654 or email debbie@stmargaretmary.org

For couples who want to REFOCCUS on STRENGTHENING the relationship you have built over at least three years to include:

  • Couples where either party had a prior marriage and partner in the earlier union must have died or the Church must have issued a declaration of nullity (frequently called an annulment) of the previous marriage
  • Couples who exchanged vows (at least 3 years ago) in the presence of ministers from other religious traditions or civil officials­
  • Couples who want to STOP and take stock of who they are and where they are in their relationship
  • Couples who want to recharge their relationship after times of personal and family transitions, stages of life development, economic and job changes, failures and disappointments and family and personal transition times

Program is offered twice a year.  The 2019-2020 Dates:

  • OCTOBER 25th 7-9pm & OCTOBER 26th 8:00am-noon OR...
  • FEBRUARY 21st 7-9pm & FEBRUARY 22ND 8:00am-noon

For all questions or to begin this process contact Debbie Benson at 407-998-5654
or email debbie@stmargaretmary.org

STRENGTHENING the Married

Monthly Date Nights Sponsored by the Marriage Ministry Team.

If you are dating, engaged, or married and want to meet other couples and grow in your faith and even pick up a few important skills to keep your marriage strong, come to our monthly marriage ministry date nights.

Date nights are a great opportunity to meet other fun, faith-filled couples and rekindle and recharge your own marital relationship thru prayer, conversation, laughter, and reflection. These date nights are held Friday nights once a month in the Family Life Center. Happy hour is offered with beer, wine, and appetizers from 7-7:30pm and program is from 7:30-9pm. Babysitting is available for children ages 10 and under with reservation once week in advance. Cost is $5 per couple.

Special invite to all who have been married over 10 years and those who want to know more about convalidating marriages. For more information contact the Family Life Office at 407-645-0284.

RSVP now for the October Marriage Ministry Event on October 25, 7-9pm: “TIME TO REFOCCUS-For the Long Term”

If you ever wondered what is a CONVALIDATION, this is the date night for you!
Special invite to all who have been married over 10 years and all couples married civilly or in another Christian tradition.

Photos from Past Marriage Events:

CREATING a Culture of Life and Love in the Family

Visit the SMM Baptism class to witness to couples seeking the Sacrament of Baptism for a child.

If you are married and have children and believe in the importance of balancing marriage and parenting,--especially after the birth or adoption of the first baby---then volunteer to share this joyful important message with the couples at our Baptism class. Held every other month on a Thursday night, join the team and pick one or two months you can visit this class and partner with new families in the giving and receiving of God’s love!

For more information or to support this building block team, contact Lori Reinneck, 407-647-0284

CONNECTING With Haiti

Collaborate with the Haiti Evangelization team.

If you are married and long for couples in our sister parish in Haiti to be able to receive the graces that come with a sacramental marriage, then this building team is for you! Contact Lori Reinneck, 407-645-0284.

REBUILDING Hurting Marriages

Don’t Let Your Marriage … Break Your Heart!

If you feel frustrated, hurt and angry with each other; if you feel trapped by frequent conflict and don't know where to turn; please know this program has helped thousands of couples. Retrouvaille can help rediscover what you once had. This is a Diocese-sponsored program to restore communication and trust in marriage. Even if you are separated or divorced - or are thinking about it - call and give yourselves another chance. You and your relationship deserve it. For more information or registration call (352) 274-4614. All calls are strictly confidential.

If you know a couple in a hurting marriage, give the family the gift of love and tell them about this program. Retrouvaille welcomes all couples in struggling relationships who want to save their marriages. And check our website at www.retrouvaille.org

WORSHIPING AND PRAYING for Marriage

Celebration of the vocation of marriage in worship and community life.

If you feel lukewarm in your faith, or have strong belief in the power of prayer, want to feel close to Jesus, or know a couple in a hurting marriage who you promised to pray for, come visit the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament on the First Friday of each month. In the chapel. After 8 am Mass thru Saturday at 12 noon. Come spend a few minutes in quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel.

Pope Francis: List of tips to make a marriage work


“Marriage is a Community of Life and Love, an intimate partnership for the whole of life. It is an enduring and exclusive partnership for the giving and receiving of love. Its purpose is for the mutual good of the spouses and for the procreation and education of children.”

Gaudium et spes (Vatican II) Chapter 48 Catechism of the Catholic Church Article 7 #1603

For more information on any of these “Building Blocks for Healthy Marriages” contact:

The Family Life Office at 407-645-0284 or email lori@stmargaretmary.org