Bolstering the Family

Marriage and Family Enrichment

“It is worthwhile to live as a family, that a society grows strong, grows in goodness, grows in beauty and truly grows if it is built on the foundation of the family.”  - Pope Francis

The Catholic Church believes marriage is a gift to society from God, one that builds a strong foundation for the ultimate wellbeing of the family and overall health of a Christian society.

The Family Life Ministry provides marriage and family enrichment opportunities to help build a life of faith and love that bring enjoyment to the entire family. The following opportunities equip couples with ways to strengthen their relationship and foster an authentic Catholic understanding of marriage, human sexuality, and family life.


Couples for Christ

​Families In The Holy Spirit Renewing The Face Of The Earth


We invite you to attend a spiritual renewal session as part of the CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAM (CLP)

The intention of spiritual renewal is to renew your commitment to the Lord, and to experience the power and the work of the Holy Spirit within the Family, the individual and the Church.

CLP Modules include:

  • The Basic Truths About Christianity
  • The Authentic Christian Life
  • Living A Spirit Filled Christian Life

For more information and sign up, please contact or email

Jackie Majalap Wilson (512) 769 7877 or Jack Macalalad (832) 606 2649

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is an enrichment ministry for married couples that value their relationship and desire to share a richer, fuller life together. It is also a program for priests and religious that want to strengthen their relationships with their Church and religious communities.

The Marriage Encounter experience is a live event, whether in person or a virtual meeting, typically held over a weekend where three married couples and a priest provide new tools and perspectives, using examples from their own lives, to help couples work through common themes they may face during their marriage. Topics include communicating intimately, exploring personality styles, addressing difficult topics, and discovering God’s plan for their marriage. The shared experience helps the couple learn how to listen, share, and connect more deeply with one another.

Unlike other group retreats, this is a private experience between the couple, so there’s no group discussion; just an opportunity to learn how to be the best, most loving and thriving couple possible. Participants are also invited to join small group gatherings for ongoing formation and fellowship at their own or nearby parish. Nine in ten couples that attend a Marriage Encounter recognize a long-lasting positive effect on their lives.

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DATES                                ZONE                  LOCATION
May 3-5                             West                    Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center
June 14-16                        North                  St. Anthony of Padua

November 1-3                 West                    Double Tree Houston Westchase

To register for a Worldwide Marriage Experience in the Greater Houston area, visit or click on the registration button below.

For questions, contact Brian and Tina Little at (281) 773-4014 or


Missionary Families for Christ



Missionary Families of Christ (MFC) is a worldwide evangelistic and missionary community committed to become families empowered by the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth. With presence in over 20 U.S. states, including Texas. MFC’s life and mission are the renewal of families and the work of evangelization. The family is God’s basic unit for society and the Church, and its stability and strength will determine the future of humanity.

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Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) is MFC’s lay response to our bishops’ call to reach out to Catholics whose faith-life has been largely eroded and even lost. It is designed for rapid and massive evangelization, accompanied by the systematic empowerment of laypeople to participate in the work. It is hoped that through this mission, the Church will be able to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization, truly becoming a missionary Church.


Local contacts in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston:

MFC (Houston):                        Mr. Melvin Mendoza                 (201) 238-6937

LCSC:                                              Dr. Romeo Yap                             (936) 718-3676

Archdiocesan Liaison:             Deacon Michael Quiray           (832) 867-4393

MFC USA Country Servant:    Mr. Ed Yamba                              (201) 233-6535


The Cana Family Institute forms and supports parents of young children—birth through 5th grade—by giving them training and tools to go deeper into their faith, enjoy community life, and enrich their families.

Cana’s unique approach combines small-group discussions, retreats, family events, and milestone celebrations. These are integrated into a rich ministry experience that flows naturally and seamlessly, providing formation and vital community bonds in diverse life areas.

Married couples should contact their parish to see if the Cana Experience is available or contact the Houston Mission Outreach Director, Stacy Turlington, for additional details at (763) 391-0205 or

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