For married couples, second only to our relationship to God, our relationship to our spouse is the most important priority in in our life. It is also the key to our happiness and sense of fulfillment in our vocation to married life. In fact, researchers have shown that on a purely human level, happily married couples have stronger immune systems and live healthier longer lives.
The Domestic ChurchThere is also an important spiritual dimension to marriages. Families formed through marriage are understood to be the Domestic Church. For married couples, the family is the spiritual center of their lives together.
Finding Joy in Your Marriage: Understanding, strengthening, and repairing your relationship.
Light-Life/Domestic Church Movement
Light+Life Retreat and formation process. (Spring 2021)
Return soon to see parish retreat dates and more information.
What is the Light-Life/Domestic Church Movement?
The Light-Life Movement was founded in Poland in 1973 by,
Servant of God, Fr. Franciszeck Blachnicki, with the support, and guidance, of
his bishop, Karol Wojtyla (later St. John Paul II). This movement was developed for married couples as the Domestic
Church Movement, focusing on living vibrant Catholic spirituality in the midst
of the world, through marriage and family life.
Couples who make Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy & romance in their relationships, but also become more active in their parish. Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger & healthier.
For more information or to register for a weekend please visit wwme4youandme.org.
School of Love’s mission is to deepen Catholic marriages and families in faith and in love, through continual formation programs and materials that are spiritual, intellectual, and relational.
School of Love
School of Love provides ways for couples and their children to grow deeper in the faith while simultaneously growing deeper together in marriage and family.
DATE NIGHT: Every first Thursday, we start your date with appetizers, happy hour, and a brief talk on: faith, marriage, family... you finish your date at home or out on the town. (Event is FREE... Babies under 1 are welcome.)
First 5 is an outreach to support engaged and newly married couples in their first five years of marriage by connecting couples as they grow in their faith and marriage.
Help for your Marriage
Designed to assist couples in re-establishing communication and insights to their marital relationship. Retrouvaille is a process that leads to a healing of relationships for couples either contemplating a divorce or already have divorced and hope to reconcile differences.
Catholic Counselors and Therapists
We highly recommend getting a referral from a priest or other trusted source before searching for a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Dcn. Tony Zimmerman at the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS has compiled a list of trusted counselors on their Archdiocesan website. Catholic CounselorsCatholicTherapists.com provides another a great reference for Catholic marriage counselors including the following people:
Michael Ciaccio MS, LPC, SATP
Chris Ellman, MSW, LCSW, SATP, CSAT
Mark Martinez, MA, LPC
Julia Kovac- Therapist
Center for Healing
Separated, Divorced, Widowed
Grief Support Resources
Grief Support Group--more information soon (Spring 2021)
Dcn. Scott McKellar
“Coping with Life Alone” - Peer-To-Peer Grief Support
"Coping with Life Alone ®" is a Beginning Experience ® grief support program that meets each week for 8 weeks. The program helps those who have lost a love relationship due to death, divorce or separation, move through the experience of grief and loss into a future with renewed hope. Contact Donna at (816-305-3760),
Divorced and Separated
If you are a Catholic who is undergoing divorce, we understand that this is an extremely difficult process. The Catholic Church, and St Therese parish are here to accompany you. We do not want you to feel to feel isolated or cut off from the Church. Please feel free to reach out to us for the support and ministries you deserve in this difficult time.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has prepared the following information sheet with common misconceptions and questions about divorce which you may find helpful. Divorce FAQ
Please view the following video by our Pastor, Fr. Joe Cisetti with Resources for Coping during the Pandemic.
Resources for Coping
Divorce & Separated Support Group
Fall and Spring 5-week series in
support of those who are separated or divorced.
Contact: John Henke, or Dcn. Scott
McKellar for more information
Other Diocesan Resources
The following programs and ministries are approved and
supported by the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph.
of Hope- Divorce Recovery program
The Dangers of Pornography
Although pornography has become ubiquitous in our society,
it is extremely harmful to marriages and may even lead to addictive behavior
and sexual dysfunction. Mounting scientific evidence indicates that "Pornography
poses a serious threat to couple intimacy and relationship harmony."
Leading marriage researchers Dr. John and Julie Gottman recently
published An Open Letter on Porn in which they summarize
modern research on its negative effects.
My House Initiative
Safer Families, Happier Marriages, Freedom, and Healing
My House is a diocesan initiative to foster the
virtue of chastity and increase awareness of the effects of pornography on
society. If you've been harmed by pornography, there is support
- Protect your family
- Freedom through support and healing
- Online Resources
- Learn about the problem
- In the confessional (guidance for priests and penitents)
Courage & EnCourage
Courage and EnCourage in Kansas City and St. Joseph
The international Courage and EnCourage Apostolates assist the faithful
who experience same-sex attraction to live the Gospel in their daily
lives. The priests, deacons, and laity who serve in this work welcome all
people of good will to participate in this community of fellowship, even if
they are not Catholic.
Courage helpline 913-428-9893
Courage Kansas City is the local chapter of
the Courage Apostolate. We offer spiritual support to Christian men
and women with same-sex attractions who desire to live chaste lives in
accordance with the teachings of Scripture and Catholic moral teaching. Courage
Kansas City is a collaborative effort of the Archdiocese of Kansas City
in Kansas and the Diocese of
Kansas City-St. Joseph. We have groups that meet on both sides of the
state line in the KC Metro area and in St. Joseph, Missouri on a regular basis.
EnCourage: support for families of those with same-sex attraction
EnCourage KC is a spiritual support group for family
members and friends of loved ones with same-sex attraction. Monthly meetings
are held at a location convenient for those throughout the KC metro
area. Please call the Helpline number if you are interested in
this support group. The Courage Apostolate has some great resources on
their EnCourage site.