This parish-based ministry is a weekly community for couples. The community establishes a foundation for relationships to strengthen and grow. There are two fundamental aspects to its success: 1) one is the faith-based material provided and reviewed, which serves as education and tools for strengthening faith and intimacy in marriage; and 2) the second is the learning gained from shared life experiences among the couples. Through consistency, the group provides enrichment for people hungry to live out a true and fulfilling Catholic marriage.
Amore Couples Groups are for dating, engaged, or married couples who want to improve their relationship with each other, their children, family, friends, and God. It is run in a parish, with the permission of the pastor, by a lead couple and a core group of couples who together choose topics and materials to cover (utilizing existing resources and adapting for parish needs).
The purpose of an Amore Couples Group is to grow stronger and closer as a couple through looking at different areas of life such as: faith, communication, emotional intimacy, sexual intimacy, forgiveness, finances, romance, in-laws, recreational activities, parenting, etc. It is both led by and directed by the couples themselves (always under the guidance and supervision of the pastor).
In the process, couples develop meaningful friendships, pray for one another, help each other through difficulties, and share in each other’s joyful experiences. Through opportunities to socialize, participate in events, attend workshops and retreats together, couples benefit from a sense of community and belonging and accompany one another through the highs and lows of married life. Amore Couples Groups can also provide a safe and welcoming community for couples discerning marriage or those married outside the Church to learn more about Sacramental marriage.
Amore Couples Groups walk the Way together, accompanying one another in the journey of life and marriage.
How to Run Your Group
Download the manual below to find out the 10 easy steps to running an Amore Couples Group in your parish.
Amore Weekly Couples Group Manual—English
Amore Weekly Couples Group Manual—Spanish
Amore Weekly Couples Group Manual—Creole