Marriage Enrichment

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt 18:20. This year, our prayer has been that our ministry would support and encourage couples who are ‘thirsting for more together’. We have spent many months planning a variety of gatherings for married couples of our parish from the newly married to the well-seasoned, from the purely Catholic to the mixed (hey, you can even invite and bring your non-catholic neighbors to our events!), from the well catechized to well…the rest of us. We recognize that while we strive to have holy marriages, they are far from perfect. Still, we have hope!! We have created places and times for married couples to come together in a catholic setting to help and support each other in learning about and living God’s plan for our marriages. So please, look over the descriptions of our upcoming events. There are lots of different things to pick and choose from!

Saturday, February 15th
9:00 AM- 6:00 PM.
$40 per couple due by 12/30/2019

At the beginning of Mark’s gospel we read ‘Rising very early before dawn, He left and went off to a deserted place, where He prayed. Simon and those who were with Him pursued Him and on finding Him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” Mark 1:35-37. We learn from Jesus that it is necessary to go off even when ‘everyone is looking for us’! Our 1 day marriage retreat will give couples the chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Removed from the stresses of children, careers, and housework, couples get the opportunity to spend a day drawing closer to God and each other. When was the last time you and your spouse attended a retreat together? This Valentine’s weekend, we invite you to come away to St. Anne’s Retreat Center in Melbourne, KY for a day of spiritual renewal with your spouse. You’ll both be glad you did! 

Presented by Tom and Geralyn Sparough of Creative Retreats

The St. Max Marriage Enrichment Team invites all married couples to spend an afternoon with your spouse while walking in the beauty of nature. Hike as a couple choosing a paved or unpaved trail then meet up at the pavilion for a 2:00 PM marriage enrichment presentation. Or, attend the presentation first and hike after. 

Spring Hike: More information coming soon




Fridays • 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Sep 13 • Oct 11 • Dec 13 • Jan 10 • Mar 13 
 May 8

We planned our monthly Couples Connection gatherings to be both social and formitive. Join us for a flight of adult beverages and snacks every month (well, every month that we’re not offering one of our large events). Together we will support each other learning to pray as couples using elements from Together with Jesus: Couple Prayer Series. Child care is available with reservation. Want to be part of the planning team? Come at 7:00 PM to the planning meeting right before the event. These monthly events are free but please consider bringing a donation that will be forwarded to Retrouvaille, A Lifeline for Marriage – A program to help couples heal and renew their hurting marriages.

Childcare is available. To register your child for childcare, please email Charlotte Flanagan,

Ministry Contacts

Marlene & Ted Doughman
(513) 703-1061