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April 14, 2004

More Prayers Needed

Retrouvaille is probably the church's best kept secret. I would recommend it to any married couple. I am amazed at how much it has helped me as a priest. You do not have to be in trouble, either as a priest or as a married couple, although it is designed primarily for them. But if you are a married couple with any communication difficulties or problems, this is the place for you.

April 16-18,2004, Retrouvaille weekends are being held in the following places:

Pittsburg, PA Atlanta, GA Orlando, FL Venice, FL Cleveland, OH Houston, TX, Hartford, CT St. Paul, MN (Multi-denominational) Twin Cities, MN Delaware, Valley, PA Birmingham, AL Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Dubuque, IA Herndon, VA Ft. Worth, TX

I will be working the weekend in Herndon. If you post any promises of prayers here, I will have them printed out and on display for the couples.

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at April 14, 2004 6:04 PM

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Actually, if a married couple wants to "tune up" their marriage but isn't experiencing serious communication problems, I would probably recommend Marriage Encounter over Retrouvaille.

Fr. Jeff, would you agree?

Those looking for more information on Marriage Encounter should consult the following web site, which has links to local chapters:


Posted by: Peter Nixon at April 14, 2004 6:30 PM

Retrouvaille always seems a bit more down to earth than ME. ME uses the same principles, and Retrouvaille was born out of ME, but it was because ME was a bit too romantic and not connected with the real communication difficultis a couple might experience.

Posted by: Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, CPPS at April 14, 2004 7:10 PM

I am happy to pray each day of the Retrouvaille weekend for every couple in attendance. My prayer will be that they allow themselves to be open to the message, that they hear the message, and that they experience some healing as a result.

Posted by: Peggy Doherty at April 14, 2004 10:03 PM

Prayers for those on the Retrouvaille Weekends all throughout the country.

When Jesus says to us in this weekend's gospel "whoever you hold bound, they are held bound" it's also about our relationships with each other!

May there be peace and letting people go free this weekend and in the follow-ups.

Posted by: Maureen Lahiff at April 15, 2004 4:16 PM

I will pray for all those marriages you seek to help!

PS. I am in the Arlington VA diocese :o)

Posted by: Mary-Kathryn at April 15, 2004 6:09 PM