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Difficulties couples face

On their wedding day, the bride and groom promise to be faithful to each other “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” Sooner or later, all couples face the “worse” or “poorer” or “sickness” in their marriage. At these times of difficulty, married couples benefit tremendously from the support of their Church family, friends, and relatives. (from the USCCB website)


Domestic Violence (October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

Conflict is part of every intimate relationship–that’s why conflict resolution skills are important. Domestic violence, however, has no place in a healthy relationship, whether the couple is dating, engaged, married or cohabiting. 
Read more from the USCCB.
Catholics for Family Peace Toolkit
Handbook: How can we help to end violence in Catholic families? by Dr. Christauria Welland 
(English | Español​)
National Domestic Violence Hotline. . . (1-800-799-SAFE)
Locally: Safe Haven Ministries is a local organization providing shelter to women and children and resources for leaders to help end domestic violence in their community. Staff members of Safe Haven are also available to train parish leaders. Call Safe Haven, 616-452-6664 or email
USCCB Resources: 

Webpage on domestic violence, including the U.S. Bishops' pastoral statement “When I Call for Help” 
Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse