Marriage & Family

Resources for Marriages & Families

Praying for your Family

Healing the Family:  Rosary Reflection by Kathleen Beckman
Catholic Prayer for Healing the Family Tree (St. Joseph, Patron of Family Life, Pray for Us)

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES

US Conference of Catholic Bishops - Marriage & Family Resource Page
Marriage - Unique for a Reason

Beloved:  Finding Happiness in Marriage (VIDEOS)

Watch all 12 videos with our Parish Subscription to FORMED.ORG.  Sign up at formed.org using Parish Code 1514ed

 

 

The Humanum Series (VIDEOS)

6 Extraordinary Short Films on Marriage and the Family

In 2014, the Vatican held an international and interreligious colloquium on men, women, and marriage called Humanum.  As part of the conference, organizers released six extraordinary videos on marriage and the family. Filmed around the world and containing interviews with people like Fr. Robert Barron, Dr. Peter Kreeft, and N.T. Wright, the short films display timeless truths in extraordinary ways. What Fr. Barron’sCATHOLICISM series did for the Church’s beauty, this series does for marriage and the family.

If you serve in marriage preparation, youth and young ministry, or any ministry concerning the family, relationships, or parenting, you should definitely consider using them.

 

ForYourMarriage.org  (Spanish version:  http://www.portumatrimonio.org/)

This website is a Marriage Resource Center from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).  Here you will find a wealth of resources for Dating & Engagement, Marriage, Parenting & Family, and more.  Articles, blogs, tips & advice, shared stories and book recommendations are available for almost every topic to help us nurture our marriages and families.

Examples:

 

 

FIREPROOF My Marriage - for Catholics

The FIREPROOF Movie was a powerful story of a couple whose marriage was on the edge of divorce, and the steps they took, through God, to save it.  This site has Catholic resources including 6 1-page study guides to walk you through the scenes in the movie as you consider similar challenges in your own marriage.

Examples:

 

Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Marriages
A Program to Help Couples Heal & Renew Their Marriages

 

Marriage Encounter

Make a Good Marriage Even Better

Blended Families

Resources for Blended Families

FamilyLife.com

Top 10 Articles on Marriage  (Communication tips, good information) 

 
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Money Management - Dave Ramsey  Get out of debt and gain control of your financial life.

The Bible on Money (Presentation Ministries) - Biblical teachings on how to glorify the Father through our use of money and material possessions.

 

 

COUNSELING RESOURCES

St. Joseph Beacon of Hope Ministry

Offers FREE counseling for grief and healing.  Kathy has years of experience and would love to help you find support and healing.  Contact her at kkordsmeier.com or 501-269-1998.

Recommended Counselors in the Conway Area

Our St. Joseph parish family members have used and recommend the counseling options listed here.

 

 


 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

FOR MARRIAGE

NOTE:  The Adult Faith Formation Office (501-327-6568) & Beacon of Hope Office (501-269-1998) has several books & DVD's to check out.  (not all of these listed here, but some of them)

 

Catholic & Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs (helpful for converts and multi-faith marriages)

Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be

The 21 Undeniable Secrets of Marriage ($5.95 from Dynamic Catholic)

The Good News About Sex & Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching

Amazing Grace for Married Couples:  12 Life-Changing Stories of Renewed Love

The Love Dare

 

SEXUAL ABUSE

Beginning to Heal, Revised Edition, by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis

Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Diane Mandt Langberg, Ph.D.

On the Threshold of Hope, by Diane Mandt Langberg, Ph.D.

Conquered Legacy, A Healing Journey, by Dr. F. Felicia Ferrara

Divine, by Karen Kingsbury; a book of fiction that is full of hope for healing;

 

DEPRESSION

New Light on Depression: Help, Hope, and Answers for the Depressed and Those Who Love Them, David B. Biebel, D. Min.  & Harold G. Koenig, M.D.

A Joy I’d Never Known, by Jan Dravecky

Why I Jumped, by Tina Zahn.  Her true story of depression, dramatic rescue & return to hope.

 

GRIEF

Tear Soup, A Recipe for Healing After Loss, by Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen

The Grief Recovery Handbook, A Step-by-Step Program for Moving Beyond Loss, by John W. James & Frank Cherry

One-Minute Prayers for Comfort and Healing, by Hope Lyda

My Beautiful Broken Shell, Words of Hope to Refresh the Soul, by Carol Hamblet Adams

Let in the Light; Facing the Hard Stuff with Hope, by Patricia H. Livingston

When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way; Hope for Catholic Women Facing Disappointment and Pain, by Katrina Zeno

Lord, I Hurt! The Grace of Forgiveness and the Road to Healing, by Anne Costa
 
The Tree That Survived the Winter, by Mary Fahy

The Grief Recovery Handbook, A Step-by-Step Program for Moving Beyond Loss

Tear Soup, A Recipe for Healing After Loss
 
Dare to Trust, Dare to Hope Again; Living with Losses of the Heart, by Kari West
 
Holding Hands with God; Catholic Women Share Their Stories of Courage & Hope, Edited by Ronda Chervin

A Grief Unveiled – One Father’s Journey Through the Death of a Child; with added section of “Fifteen Years Later”; by Gregory Floyd;  this is very user friendly and appropriate for dealing with any kind of loss.  (Catholic author)

From Hurting to Happy – Transforming Your Life After Loss; by Barbara Bartocci (Christian Perspective)

 

SUFFERING & SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer – 10 Life Changing Stories of Hope & Healing, by Jeff Cavins & Matthew Pinto

The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition, by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

Wounds That Heal, Bringing Our Hurts to the Cross, by Stephen Seamands

Trusting God through Tears, A Story to Encourage, by Jehu Thomas Burton

Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody, by Allen Hunt (Dynamic Catholic.com) (FREE copy in the Adult Faith office)

 

DEPENDENCY & CO-DEPENDENCY

Facing CoDependence- What it is, Where it comes from, How it sabotages our lives, by Pia Mellody

Codependents’ Guide To The Twelve Steps, by Melody Beattie

Codependent No More - How to Stop Controlling Others & Start Caring for Yourself, by Melody Beattie

Beyond Codependency, And Getting Better All The Time, by Melody Beattie

Playing It by Heart – Taking Care of Yourself No Matter What, by Melody Beattie

Choices – Taking Control of Your Life & Making it Matter, by Melody Beattie

Boundaries – When to Say Yes, When to Say No, by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

 

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES & HEALING

Adult Children of Alcoholics, by Janet Geringer Woitiz, Ed.D.

Forgiving our Parents, Forgiving our Selves, Healing Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families, by Dr. David Stoop & Dr. James Masteller

A Child Called “It”, One Child’s Courage to Survive, by Dave Pelzer

The Lost Boy,  A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family, by Dave Pelzer

 

HOPE & ENCOURAGEMENT

Holding Hands with God, Catholic Women Share Their Stories of Courage and Hope, Edited by Ronda Chervin

To Heaven and Back, A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, And Life Again (A True Story), by Mary C. Neal, MD

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, A remarkable account of miracles, angels and life beyond this world; a true story; by Kevin and Alex Malarkey

Waking Up In Heaven, A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven and Life Again

God’s Heart for You, Embracing Your True Worth as a Woman, by Holly Gerth

His Princess- Love Letters from Your King, by Sheri Rose Shepherd