4227 Lone Oak Road SE
Mailing: PO Box 3016
Salem, Oregon 97302

Marriage & Family

marriage and family

Marriage Enrichment Series

Presented by Martin Gay, MS, LPC, NCC

2015 Dates:

Monday, March 9th from 7-8:30pm in the Gathering Area. “Connecting Through Intimacy” will be presented by Martin Gay, marriage and family therapist. In this workshop we’ll consider the role of sex, romance and passion in rebuilding desire.

Monday, April 13 – “Trusting Again.”  We’ll learn the basics of rebuilding trust in our relationship. 

7:00-8:30pm in the Queen of Peace Parish Gathering Area. Come to one or come to all!

Who should attend? Couples or individuals, unmarried or married any number of years who would like to invest an evening to examine and enrich their relationship.

Registration: Couples or individuals can register online at www.martingay.com or by calling 503-375-6362. There is no fee for this workshop series. Sorry, we can no longer provide childcare.

Don’t settle for a “good enough” marriage… make it an exceptional marriage!

Martin J. Gay, MS, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in marriage and family therapy, in private practice in Salem, Oregon since 1990. He has been a pastoral minister for over 31 years, serving and training in youth and young adult ministry, as well as marriage and family ministry. He is a contributor to Family Works (Center for Ministry Development). Martin is an experienced presenter on issues effecting couples, young adults, youth and families. Martin is married 27 years and has two grown daughters.


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FAQs about Catholic Marriage

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Family Life Center – You’ll find articles and resources on faith and family life. Whether it’s strengthening your Catholic marriage, building the Catholic family, tackling the terrible two’s, passing on the Faith, or parenting teens, you’ll find the practical help you need.

Church Teaching and Guidance on Marriage and Family Life

Official Documents from the Vatican and from the U.S. Bishops
Pontifical Council for the Family

Archdiocesan Marriage & Family Life Office

The Office provides information, referrals, and training in the areas of marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, natural family planning, family ministry development, formerly married ministry, men’s ministry, adult chastity education, and respect life issues and aging concerns.

The Office also provides educational and formational activities for parish ministers dedicated to family life ministry.

Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounters mission of renewal in the Church and change in the world is to assist Couples and Priests to live fully intimate and responsible relationships by providing them with a Catholic “experience” and ongoing community support for such a lifestyle.

Marriage Encounter can help married couples turn a good (or even ho-hum or boring) marriage into a GREAT marriage!

  • Rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day!
  • Rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married!
  • Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive!

Catholic Engaged Encounter of Oregon

Catholic Engaged Encounter of Oregon is a ministry of the Roman Catholic Church primarily to couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church. However, couples who are not Catholic are also welcome to participate in an engaged encounter weekend. It is not required that a couple actually be engaged. The encounter is an in-depth pre-marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. The presenting team on an encounter consists usually of two married couples and a priest.

Engaged Encounters are held in Portland Oregon. It is necessary that a couple reserve places for themselves on a particular weekend at least 30 days in advance of the weekend they desire. Dates of future weekends are listed with the names and phone numbers of couples to contact in order to make a reservation and register for a particular weekend.


A Program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their own Marriage Relationship.

Retrouvaille is a live-in weekend and post weekend program for married couples. The emphasis is on a technique of communication between a husband and wife. During the weekend, a series of in-depth presentations are given to you and other couples like yourselves. Each presentation, given by one of three married couples and a priest, focuses on a specific area of a marriage relationship. After each presentation, you will have a chance to reflect on it by yourself, then discuss it with your spouse in complete privacy. The weekend is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, nor is it a social gathering. You will, however be encouraged, to put the past behind you and start ‘rediscovering’ one another again. The weekend is not a ‘miracle cure’, therefore, post-weekend sessions have been designed to continue the marriage renewal begun on the weekend. These follow-ups review earlier concepts in greater depth, present new ones and help you apply these concepts to your own marriage.