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New Resources on the WWME Electronic Resource Library (ERL)

If you have been wondering where to get helpful information about WWME the Electronic Resource Library (ERL) contains many documents, presentations, brochures, and resources helpful to you and to your local WWME Communities.

 

New Resources on the WWME Electronic Resource Library (ERL)

New Resources on the WWME Electronic Resource Library (ERL)

Check our ERL for ten new Weekend Reunion outlines, a three evening spiral to help new Circles get started or to help established Circles get renewed, and a new document helping us all answer the Call to be an Open and Apostolic Couple, so as to help our WWME mission statement to renew the Church and change the world.

 

Community-Building Initiatives for WWME

Looking for information to help strengthen your local WWME community? We have a resource that we sometimes forget about in our Electronic Resource Library.

 

Keep Your Share Group Spirit Alive

Here are some reminders for keeping the spirit alive in your Share Group.

 

The Encounter Needs You - To Start a Sharing Group

If you do not have a Sharing Group where you live, or if yours is in need of some fresh ideas, consider this article that tells you how to start your own.

 

WWME 2004 Calendars are now available

2004 WWME Calendar Cover Art

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter 2004 calendars are available. Check with your local area leaders to get your calendar full of beautiful pictures, dialogue questions for every day of the year plus additional questions including some for family dialogue and some for a dialogue to share with a priest or religious.

 

Community: Facilitation of the Weekend

The Weekend needs us! This article, fifth and final in a series of five, encourages all of us to help make the Weekend happen, starting with inviting ccouples to attend, and doing the jobs that bring our Weekends together.

 

Community: Discerning and Using Our Individual and Couple Gifts

We all have God-given gifts and talents. This article, fourth in a series of five, examines the importance of discovering what our individual and couple gifts are, and how to use them for the benefit of the WWME community

 

Community: Keeping Our Spousal Relationship a Priority

We can best support our Marriage Encounter community by focusing on our own spousal relationship first. This article, third in a series of five, discusses why it's important to make our spousal rrelationship a priority, and how that helps us be there for our community.

 

Community: An Environment of Acceptance

Through acceptance of one another we grow stronger as a Marriage Encounter Family. This article, second in a series of five, speaks of the importance of acceptance in relationships.

 

Community: Who Are We?

As used by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the term community includes all who have made a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Involvement in community is a vital means to help couples, priests, and religious deepen and enrich their spousal relationship. This is the first of five articles on Community.

 

Encounter Resource Library

Handbook for Prayer Couples

Do you remember the emotions you experienced on the Sunday of your Weekend hearing that one specific couple or priest was praying for you? Or how you felt receiving your prayer letter and possibly being greeted at the end of the Weekend by your prayer couple? The WWME Electronic Resources Library can help you understand the responsibilities and importance of being a Prayer Couple.

 

New Weekend Pillar Postings on the Electronic Resource Library

For new press releases, ads, and inviting ideas visit the ERL Weekend Pillar website.

 

Electronic Resources For Encountered Couples

If you are looking for a Marriage Encounter resource and having difficulty finding it try this on stop shop for some resources not found elsewhere.

 

Have You Met ERL?

Have You Met ERL?

Looking for resources about WWME, outlines to use for Community Gatherings, Inviting Ideas, organizational documents? Visit ERL.

 

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

If you are looking for some inspirational material for outlines to boost your Community check out this resource from ERL.

 

Scripture-Based Bulletin Announcements on ERL

These WWME bulletin announcements are one of the many benefits offered in ERL. Each bulletin announcement relates to the Sunday readings for the week it is to be published in the bulletin.

 

A Weekend Reunion Sampler

An inspiring presentation about CORE groups in Marriage Encounter developed through the use of the WWME Electronic Resource Library (more commonly known to family and friends as ERL).

 

The Encounter Needs You - To Start a Sharing Group

If you do not have a Sharing Group where you live, or if yours is in need of some fresh ideas, consider this article that tells you how to start your own.

 

How Detroit Has Overflowing Weekends

These statistics speak for themselves: September '04 - 22 couples, October '04 - 26 couples, November '04 - 34 couples, February '05 - 38 couples, March '05 24 couples and counting.

 

History

The Philippines

The Philippines

This article starts with some history and geography about the Philippines and then tells of the growth of WWME starting with 16 couples and two priests in November 1976.

 

The First Weekends in the Caribbean and in Guyana, South America

The First Weekends in the Caribbean and in Guyana, South America

The Weekend rooms were all filled. Then two more couples joined, then two priests and then two nuns!

 

The First Weekend Given in Hindi, the National Language of India

The First Weekend Given in Hindi, the National Language of India

The seed is planted; we have to keep it watered. Surely, the Lord will make it grow.

 

Source of Pope John Paul II Quote Found

Source of Pope John Paul II Quote Found

Learn the origin of the papal quote, "I place much of my hope for the future in Marriage Encounter." It has often been referenced but over the years, no one could remember exactly where or to whom the comment was made.

 

This Year's (1981) Convention is #10!

This Year's (1981) Convention is #10!

Hear the excitement of the 1981 Convention Committee as they recounted the history of the first nine Marriage Encounter Conventions.

 

That Which Unites Us

That Which Unites Us

About the second Weekend in Madagascar a priest shares “What a power-filled joy to be again a part of that vision to change the world, to be half-way around the world from where I made my first Weekend, and see the miracle, a real 1981 miracle that these Malagasy couples, priest, and sisters are working in the hearts of each other.”

 

What Matter Wounds

What Matter Wounds

On April 24-26, 1981 the first Weekend offered by couples with Multiple Sclerosis for couples with Multiple Sclerosis. Some references used in this article may be familiar to those who made Weekends prior to 1999 or those familiar with the production of Man of LaMancha.

 

Marriage Encounter Comes to Japan

Marriage Encounter Comes to Japan

Taking the Weekend to a new area sometimes requires more than translating the presentations into a different language. Read some of the concerns that needed to be considered as WWME was introduced into Japan.

 

The Difficult Birth of the First M.E. Weekend in Zambia

The Difficult Birth of the First M.E. Weekend in Zambia

If you have ever had one of those Weekends when you thought there was nothing more that could go wrong, think again as you read the diary notes leading up to the first Weekend in Zambia.

 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Australia

Australia will celebrate 32 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter in their country in February 2006. Here is a brief history of the growth of WWME in New South Wales.

 

History and Philosophy of Worldwide Marriage Encounter

The Managing Editors of eMatrimony have undertaken the project of creating and maintaining a definitive history of WWME. That living document is now stored on ERL and can help you with enrichments, pulpit talks, or weekend presentations. Read more about why and how this document was created, and how you can help make it better.

 

Stories of Evangelization
Weekends are Multiplying: 60,000 couples Encountered per Year!

Stories of Evangelization

An exciting 1997 accounting of the growth of Worldwide Marriage Encounter around the globe.

 

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Following the "tumbling" of the Berlin wall WWME had new life but, as witnessed in this quote, it was not all easy. "It is a critical moment for this part of Europe. However, in spite of the difficulties, the expansion continues."

 

Eskimo Couples - Between The Spear And The Bottle!

Eskimo Couples - Between The Spear And The Bottle!

"Many involved in parish work among the Eskimos predicted failure for Marriage Encounter in the Bush villages because 'Eskimos do not share that openly!' We have news for them."

 

News of Our Family in Asia

News of Our Family in Asia

Take a glance back to 1989 to see how WWME was doing in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan and Korea.

 

American Couple Takes WWME To The Land Of Their Birth, Yugoslavia

American Couple Takes WWME To The Land Of Their Birth, Yugoslavia

An amazing story of a dream that started in 1973 an ended with Worldwide Marriage Encounter pioneers presenting Weekends inside communist borders.

 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Expands To Italy

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Expands To Italy

Overcoming obstacles in 1978 to achieve the blessings of introducing the Weekend in Italy.

 

 

A Walk In Faith With Our Black Catholic Family

A Walk In Faith With Our Black Catholic Family

"God just told me He wants us to recruit His black couples to our Weekend."

 

In The Beginning

In The Beginning

We have come a long ways since 1971 when it was a dream to take the Weekend across the United States and to other countries in the world.

 

Love Is International

Love Is International: From An Embrace, A Dream Is Born

From an embrace a dream is born and WWME helps to strengthen Korean/Japanese relationships.

 

Help recover and preserve our WWME history.

Our Worldwide Marriage Encounter history is in need of being recorded. Please help us recover and preserve this valuable information. This article is a beginning of building that resource. Only you may know those who can confirm and add to our history. Help us to gather as much data as is possible before the resources are no longer available.

 

Miscellaneous

Mary at Cana

Mary at Cana

During this month of Mary, can we take this simple lesson from her? Mary knew what it was to live the present moment — both at a party, and at the foot of the cross. There is much in that dimension of her life for us to meditate on and try to imitate in our own responses to the Lord.

 

How to Prepare a Question/Open Sharing Share Group Presentation

Here is an inspirational prayer for inviting to share with your community.

 

Rome Office Issues Prayer Cards, Relics to Promote John Paul II Sainthood

Included is a fax, number, address and web site to order free prayer cards and relics to help promote the sainthood of Pope John Paul II.

 

Marriage: A Story and A Sacrament

Marriage: A Story and A Sacrament

Two persons, who have discerned that their lives are converging, encounter God's presence as they progress towards an intimacy which is expressed in a total response to each other, emotional, spiritual and genital. This intertwining of two lives which evolves only through the passage of years is the sacrament of marriage. It is both a commitment and an ongoing process. We are married and yet we are always marrying.

 

The Search For More

The Search For More

Food for contemplation during Lent: "Wherever you are in your relationship with God, there is more."

 

Lent – Reflections Past & Present

Lent – Reflections Past & Present

Joy becomes so ever-present in the midst of all our endeavors when we somehow think not only of ourselves but the good effect our endeavors will have on others.

 

“Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti”

Humor can help us to understand our different communication styles. “Men are From Mars Women are From Venus” is a good example. From the sounds of things there may be another perspective.

 

Give Us This Day

An inspiration led these area leaders for the Columbus Ohio area to a new way of reaching out to all couples. They provide a daily reflection and along with it links to learn about Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

 

Spirituality and Sexuality in Marriage

Spirituality and Sexuality in Marriage

"Our love in our marriage is a sign of God's love for His people. Our love grows through our communication. Communication in our marriage is the means by which we build unity, and our sexual relationship is very important to us in establishing and maintaining our unity. This is God's plan in our marriage, a gift from God.”

 

Happy Birthday to You’s

Happy Birthday to You’s

If you would consider your wedding day as the birth of you as a couple these are some of the birthday presents you might receive to celebrate your anniversary.

 

A Tribute to Staff Sergeant Joseph M. Kane, US Army

Joseph M. Kane, 35, was a Staff Sergeant in the Army killed in Iraq on October 14, 2006. Joe was a career Army veteran, having served 2 tours in Iraq. Joe leaves behind a widow and three children ages 6, 5, & 17 months. Staff Sergeant Kane is the son of Joe & Mary Kane who are in the Philadelphia Area, in Chester County. This tribute was written by Joe’s cousin, Nicole Scali.

 

Gifts

So often we relate gifts to birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baptisms or Christmas. But here a priest considers the gifts he has received as he thinks about Thanksgiving.

 

Let’s Stop Playing Games - Listening

Let’s Stop Playing Games - Listening

You can never be the judge if you are a good listener. You are only as good a listener as the person being listened to thinks that you are.

 

Reflections On Us As A Movement

Reflections On Us As A Movement

We believe nearly every couple who makes a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend has a very positive and meaningful experience They come to their Rookie Renewal, perhaps some sharing circles, or an information night, but then we rarely see them again. We ask ourselves, "Why? What has happened to these couples? Why don't they get involved in the Marriage Encounter Community?"

 

Fig Leaf Fever

Fig Leaf Fever

“We say that sex is a way of communicating, and yet we’re ashamed to talk about what we’re feeling, what our needs are, and what pleases us in lovemaking and what turns us off.”

 

Whose Modern World Are You Living In?

Whose Modern World Are You Living In?

Is the “Modern World” just an outside influence or do we help facilitate its creation?

 

Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?

Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?

“We thought that our Dream from the Weekend would be a reality . . . It could be, if we did not allow the pressures of the world and those within us affect or ruin our Dream!”

 

Responsible Attitudes Toward Sexuality

Responsible Attitudes Toward Sexuality

“Assuming responsible attitudes towards sexuality, therefore, concerns not only youth and younger couples; it is a duty that applies during a person's whole lifetime.”

 

Sharing in the Dream

Come, share in this dream - "On every Weekend I see the Dream come true. It stirs my missionary fire. It makes me want to share this vision with every married couple and priest in the world. I truly believe that this is God’s plan for renewing the Church in our time."

 

Faith and the Family

Faith and the Family

“There are so many things that we can know only by experiencing them. And one of them is love. The only way you can know what love is, really, is to experience it.”

 

American Families in Crisis

American Families in Crisis

Loneliness can be a family crisis. True presence and listening actively can help overcome loneliness as can putting aside ones own concerns and paying attention to the concerns of the other. We can build this trust and openness through our daily dialogue.

 

Marriage As Sacrament

A priests Easter reflection about the blessings of the married people in his parish.

 

Spirituality and Sexuality in Marriage

Spirituality and Sexuality in Marriage

"Our spirituality as a couple is our caring and reaching out to each other in a physical and emotional way. In our Sacrament, God intended that the mystery of our physical oneness would have wonderful consequences which would make us fully human and fully alive. It has!"

 

The Most Endangered Species: Catholicana Americana

The Most Endangered Species: Catholicana Americana

Are we destroying the Church from within as this 1982 article suggests? If so, what do we need to do?

 

Mary, A Woman Wrapped in The Silence of Faith

Mary, A Woman Wrapped in The Silence of Faith

A Lenten reflection on how the Will of God can be interpreted during the inevitable big and small tragedies of our human existence.

 

Is Love Possible?

Is Love Possible?

Jesus invites us to an apostolate of love. This article asks the question, “Are you strong enough to be weak enough to love?”

 

"Who Do You Say I Am?"

"Who Do You Say I Am?"

What is your relationship with God? How do you relate to God in your prayer life and in your everyday discussions?

 

What’s in a Word... Like Matrimony?

What’s in a Word... Like Matrimony?

In our marriage, Jesus is challenging us to become two who gather in His name. His name is Love. When there is mutual love between our spouse and ourself, we open ourselves to the, reality of having Jesus in our midst.

 

Pastoral Letter on the Sacrament of Matrimony

Pastoral Letter on the Sacrament of Matrimony

This 1982 Pastoral Letter on the Sacrament of Matrimony seems very fitting as we celebrate World Marriage Day 2006.

 

God's Desire For Us

"In Marriage, a husband and wife become ONE BODY. They become the basic unit of church, the Body of Christ. They become the visible presence of Jesus. As your priest, I need to see you enjoying your marriage. When you come to Mass, I need your joyfulness to inspire me to celebrate."

 

The First Dialoguers

The First Dialoguers

"Every day when your grandfather would come home from work we would go to our room and spend a half hour talking together. Our sacrament is funded by daily love."

 

It's Good to be Children Sometimes - A Christmas Homily

Leave your tree up for a while, enjoy God's greatest gift, savor the moments of the next few weeks and, borrowing from hallmark again, give thanks to the one that cares enough to send the very best.

 

A New Beginning

Each year on January 1st we tend to set new goals for the year ahead - new lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc. Do we maintain the same focus on promoting a new beginning in our marriage? More importantly - Do we maintain focus on the true goal of our marriage?

 

Come, Dream With Us, Risking Makes The Difference

Come, Dream With Us, Risking Makes The Difference

How long has it been since you reevaluated your Dream for your relationship, for your children, for the world your children will live in? Are you willing to risk in order to renew the church and change the world that we will leave for our loved ones?

 

In Regards to Sex, Enjoy!

In Regards to Sex, Enjoy!

"The fact of the matter is, if we're not talking on a regular basis about sex and we mean personal conversation then there's something essential missing in our marriage."

 

Until Death Do Us Part

A short poem that expresses much about our lives together.

 

Sex: Celebration Or Communication

Sex: Celebration Or Communication

As in verbal communication we need to ask what is the experience telling us about our spouse and/or about us?

 

Give, Don't Give In!

Give, Don't Give In!

Consensus is a process for dealing with conflict that takes place between friends who regard themselves as allies and the problem or conflict as the enemy.

 

The Old Ten and Ten Tribe

The Old Ten and Ten Tribe

Hopefully, it does not take archaeologists to find your dialogue books.

 

We Looked So Different Years Ago, When Life Was Fresh and New

We Looked So Different Years Ago, When Life Was Fresh and New

Real love never dies. It just needs lots of patience and care to come alive.

 

Remember

Remember

Sometimes, a poem can so clearly say what our heart wants to express.

 

Look What They're Calling a Radical Lifestyle

Look What They're Calling a Radical Lifestyle

A past United States Secretariat and World Council leadership couple reminds us that loving each other is a needed counter-cultural lifestyle. Do you want to join?

 

Retrouvaille - Help For Hurting Marriages

Retrouvaille - Help For Hurting Marriages

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to help good marriages stay strong.   For couples who need more than a Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers, Retrouvaille may be the answer.

 

Dealing With Stress in Marriage

Dealing With Stress in Marriage

Stress is inevitable! So what do we do about it that is positive for our relationship?

 

Is Harmony the Goal?

Is Harmony the Goal?

Does harmony mean giving in, giving up or just giving? Peace at any price is not good enough.

 

Family Planning vs The Modern World

Family Planning vs The Modern World

Read as couples share their experience of Natural Family Planning.

 

The Priesthood: A Call to Relationship

The Priesthood: A Call to Relationship

Hear how this priest answered the question on Friday night of a Weekend "I can see why there are couples here to present the Weekend, but why are you here?"

 

Finding Our Fighting Style

Fighting for your relationship keeps communications open.

 

The Grace of Healing Love

Small hurts can grow into debilitating injuries in a marriage without the God given grace of forgiveness and healing. One such incident is shared in this article.

 

Our Journey in Couple Spirituality

Our Journey in Couple Spirituality

As you prepare for Lent, and consider some of your options, please take the time to read this in-depth article about a couple's journey in faith.

 

The Story of Händel's Messiah

The Story of Händel's Messiah

One of the greatest Christmas musicals premiered in Dublin, Ireland April 13, 1742.

 

Combating Marriage Encounter Burnout

Learn the signs and causes of Marriage Encounter burnout, and what to do to correct and prevent the problem.

 

Music

Lyrics to I'll Never Find Another You

 

Outlines

We Still Live in the Modern World – Series of Presentation Outlines

If you have been looking for a resource for a selection of great community night or small group presentation outlines you just struck pay dirt. Here is a list of presentation outlines with directions for finding the outlines and more.

 

Forming A Couple/Priest Relationship

On the WWME Weekend, we became aware of the relationship between the Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony. Most of us leave the Weekend with renewed fervor to answer the call to be the best couple we can be. Some of us may have recognized an additional call to be in relationship with our priests.

 

Romance Dinner Planning Information Guide

The purpose of a Romance Dinner is provide the atmosphere and opportunity for couples attending to reminisce about their dating days and early marriage. We are giving them a taste of what they can recapture for their relationships by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  This outline, which is an update of the "Build It" resources, includes planning, setup, and running a Romance Dinner.

A Question of Balance, an Outline & Mentality

To be Fully Alive people, we must strive to maintain balance in our lives. This outline is for a 40 minute presentation aimed at helping people to reflect on the balance or imbalance in their lives. Included is an outline, mentality, an exercise and a Development/Growth Plan.

 

How to Prepare a Share Group Presentation – Just the Basics

Here is how you can, step-by-step, develop a presentation for your Share Group/Love Circle.

 

Stories

Is Your Lighthouse Reflecting God’s Love?

“Our sole task is to reflect God’s love to everyone around us but, to do so, we must keep ourselves oriented toward Him.”

 

Focus on Focuses

A "Focus" is the objective or main point of a presentation to be given to a WWME gathering. This article tells about some of the barriers to overcome to decide on a topic and prepare such a presentation.

 

Thank God for Children Saying Grace

 

Unity

A reflection on our oneness.

 

Structure Pillar

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Vision & Mission Statements

 

Diagram of the U S Secretariat Organization

 

Presenting Team Pillar

Coming soon!

 

 

Weekend Support

A Prayer Letter Primer

A Prayer Letter Primer

Receiving a prayer letter and having prayer warriors during the Weekend is of utmost importance. Here is how Western New York prepares their prayer couples for this important Weekend support.

 

eMatrimony Weekend Packet Flyer

eMatrimony Flyer

Help promote eMatrimony!  Display this flyer at all gatherings of encountered sacraments, and put it in your Weekend information packets.  Make it easier for couples and priests to take advantage of the resources available to them at this site.

 

Handbook for Prayer Couples / Priests / Religious

Do you remember how special it was for you on your Weekend when you received a letter from the people who had been praying for you? Here are some suggestions for you to use if you are asked to be a prayer couple (priest or religious) for a couple, priest or religious attending a Weekend.

 

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