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.

Holding Hands & Holding Hearts

Like everything else, a good marriage must be nurtured. Whether you’ve been married for six months or 60 years, this rekindle and renew conference is for you. Holding Hands & Holding Hearts will provide you the opportunity to discover fresh ways to strengthen your marriage and grow spiritually in the warmth of renewed love. Make the best investment in you and your marriage, time with each other.  Discover God’s Grace for your marriage, communication, forgiveness, intimacy and more, as ordinary couples share their experiences, trials and triumphs. This conference is not about the mistake you’ve made. It is about the choices you make next.

Begin today with these simple words: "I choose you again today."

Join us, Saturday, February 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Rd., Houston, TX 77089.

$50 per couple, meals included.

 Childcare is available.  Pre-Registration is required. For more information call 281-481-6816.

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
September 10-12            South                  In-Person, Commuting
October 8-10                    North                  TBD
November 5-7                 South                  TBD

Registration fee: 100 USD per couple

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 movement focused on renewing the family, defending a culture of life, and building the Church of the Poor.

The movement is an evangelistic and missionary community committed to become families empowered by the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth.

Each member of the family (kids, youths, college students, young adults/singles, couples and single parents/widows/widowers) go through specific formation programs and is cared for within a small group we call a household.

For more information, please contact Melvin Mendoza at XX.



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, Robin Spencer, for additional details at (763) 391-0205 or

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