Help for Marriages

“Over the years a couple can expect to face many issues, both big and small. Some, such as financial, career, and parenting decisions, can be handled by honestly discussing them with each other or with friends who can provide wise advice. Others, such as infidelity or addictions, need the counsel of professionals and a tremendous amount of commitment to change. Still others, such as illness, may have to be endured patiently with the support of family and friends.  We all want to live happily ever after. Inevitably, though, we all experience bumps along the marriage road.” Continue reading…

The Church knows that marriage can be very difficult at times, and we are here to help.  Below is a list of resources to offer you hope even in the darkest times:

Marriage Counseling

Counseling Services are available through the Catholic Charities Office of the Diocese of Rockford. These services are currently offered in four locations throughout the diocese. Each counselor is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families meet challenges, repair relationships, survive losses, or adjust to changes. Services are confidential, solution-focused, client-centered, sensitive to the dignity of each person, brief and affordable. Catholic Charities offers a sliding scale based on household income, and they work with people with limited or changing financial means to assure access to care. Please contact Emily Schwartz in the Catholic Charities Office at 815 -387 -3410 to have a counselor contact you for an appointment.


Do you feel lost or alone in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt, or angry with your spouse? Have you thought about separation or divorce?  Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the Retrouvaille Program.  This program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of follow-up sessions.  It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again, even when all seems lost. The main emphasis of the program is on communication between husband and wife. It offers you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.

In this testimonial video, Allan and Teresa share how Retrouvaille helped save their marraige.

The Third Option

Many of us manage marriage as a series of choices between “his way” and “her way”, between “peace at any price” and “letting it all hang out.” Because they tend to move us to extremes, these options don’t bring us together.  With The Third Option you can learn how to break through the clutter of past baggage and misunderstandings resulting in a more effective loving relationship.

Additional Resources

Here are some articles that address many of the most common areas of stress in marriages:






Household Duties

Personality Differences







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