Saturday November 9th, 2019 - 08:00am-03:00pm
St Francis of Assisi Parish,
2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
FOCCUS Facilitator Training presented by Murphy Lierley
Phone Work: 402-827-3735 ext. 1316
FOCCUS Facilitator Agenda
08:00-09:00am Introduction, Diocese of Colorado Springs Marriage Prep Requirements
09:00-10:15am What is Marriage Formation? Who is getting Married Today?
10:30-11:15am The FOCCUS Inventory, How Do I Facilitate FOCCUS?
FOCCUS and the New Evangelization
11:15-12:30am What are the Categories of FOCCUS? How do I use my FOCCUS Manual?
01:00-02:15pm Facilitation Exercises
02:15-03:00pm FOCCUS Process Steps, B’tween Resources and REFOCCUS
Cost: $115/couple, includes lunch
Registration, payment and information, please contact
Cell: 719 900 8229
Payment by check order of: Catholic Marriage Prep
13510 Green Meadow Drive
Elbert, CO 80106
Registration Deadline: Friday November 1st, 2019
FOCCUS Facilitators must bring their FOCCUS Manual Fourth Edition
Parishes can order FOCCUS Manuals directly at www.foccusinc.com ($50/Manual plus shipping)
Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It is designed to provide the tools to help get your marriage back on track.
Another marriage saving weekend is coming soon! Please help families in your community.
Help us get the word out about this important ministry for troubled/struggling marriages.
Couples tell us that seeing the Retrouvaille program announced repeatedly in their bulletin gave them the courage to pick up the phone and make the call. Most say that Retrouvaille was the lifeline that helped their marriage and their family.
You Can Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue…or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped 10’s of 100’s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage.
For confidential information about or to register for the program, call (303) 317-5111 or email: email@example.com or visit the website at www.HelpOurMarriage.com.
Inferno Men's Conference
The Inferno Men's Conference is excited to bring massive social media influencer Father Mike Schmitz to Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9th, 2019! If you've never heard Father Mike speak, get ready to be fired up and inspired!! If you have heard him speak before, then you know to get registered quickly before space runs out!! You can expect: high energy talks & breakout sessions tailored for men, optional praise & worship, Confession & Adoration throughout, all culminating in anticipated Mass with Bishop Sheridan next door at the Cathedral for men and their families!
Inferno Men's Conference registration is OPEN!!
Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment Ministers
Engaged Encounter Weekend retreat
February 22-23, 2020
All weekend retreats begin early on Saturday morning and end late Sunday afternoon.
Each weekend retreat is limited to approximately 40 couples so make your reservations as early as possible.
To register please go to www.coscee.org and download a registration forms and follow the directions.
Registration must be completed at least 14 days prior to your scheduled retreat weekend.
All retreats are held at The Ponderosa Retreat Center, Larkspur, CO.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends
WWME’s mission is to proclaim the value of Marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world.
The Hideaway Inn and Conference Center, Black Forest
November 22 - 24, 2019
Contact: Glen and Toni Gallegos: 719-591-9045
The Office of Marriage and Family Life assists pastors in their service to the "domestic Church" by offering a host of educational programs, events, services and resources designed to promote an authentic Catholic vision of marriage, human sexuality and family life. These include (but are not limited to):
- Marriage preparation programs
- Marriage enrichment programs
- Natural Family Planning services
Christian and Christine Meert have dedicated their lives to preparing couples to live a happy and holy marriage. I am grateful that God called them to minister in our diocese.
Bishop Michael J. Sheridan
Christian and Christine Meert were married in France July 2, 1977. They have five daughters, and twelve grandchildren both in France and in the USA.
In 1984 they experienced a deep conversion and their family joined the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes in France in 1990 leaving everything behind: job, family, friends, house etc. In 1999, Archbishop Charles Chaput in the Archdiocese of Denver invited the Community to start a house of prayer in Denver. Christian and Christine were in charge of this new house until the summer of 2003 until the community, recognizing their talent in preparing couples for the sacrament of marriage, gave them the opportunity and time to focus more on their calling to help engaged couples. They founded Catholic Marriage Prep, LLC. which is dedicated to the building of strong Catholic marriages.
In July of 2005, Bishop Michael Sheridan re-opened the Office of Marriage and Family Life in the Diocese of Colorado Springs and hired Christian and Christine's organization to run it.
Free Parish Workshops
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering several workshops, free of charge, to all the parishes of the Diocese.
I encourage all our parishes to take advantage of these helpful workshops. Contact Christian and Christine by phone at 719.900.8229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Michael J. Sheridan
I. Review of the Diocesan Marriage Prep Requirements
One and a half hour, mainly for marriage preparation ministers, minimum 20 people.
1 - Engaged Couples: who are they today? Demographics, today's socioeconomic situation, to help us better serve the engaged couples' needs.
2 - Review of the Colorado Springs Diocesan Marriage Prep Requirements.
3 - Q&A.
II. FOCCUS Certification and re-certification workshops
On a Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, minimum 5 couples.
FOCCUS Inc. requires all mentor couples to be certified or re-certified.
This workshop can be organized by several parishes, or at the deanery level.
III. Man and Woman in the Plan of God
Two hours, minimum 20 people.
This presentation is a sort of "instruction manual" for man and woman to understand their dignity as God’s beloved creatures.
It shows the beauty in their differences and helps understand how to function better together as a couple.
IV. Study Guide to John Paul II Theology of the Body.
Series of nine workshops of two and a half hours each, minimum 50 people.
Allows to actually read and understand John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and not only read books about John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
Workshop 1: Back to the Beginning.
Workshop 2: Original Humanity.
Workshop 3: Fallen Humanity.
Workshop 4: Redeemed Humanity.
Workshop 5: Glorified Humanity.
Workshop 6: Marriage the Primordial Sacrament.
Workshop 7: Living the Mystery.
Workshop 8: Love is Fruitful.
Workshop 9: Building a culture of Life.