Your bridge over troubled couple waters; Retrouvaille can help

Retrouvaille of Montana, a peer ministry and lifeline for troubled marriages, will hold a weekend Sept. 23-25. It is being held at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. If you are thinking about separation or divorce, feeling frustrated, hurt, angry or disillusioned with your spouse, Retrouvaille can help.

Retrouvaille is a Catholic lay-led ministry that offers hope to couples struggling in their marriage. With all the distractions, conflicting demands and too little time, personal relationships are often taken for granted. Retrouvaille can help put the pieces back together. Team couples, recovering from their own struggling relationships, share their stories on how they were able to reconcile, heal and build a more loving and stable relationship. You will find that you are not alone, that forgiveness and a willingness to put the past behind you and begin again, are powerful aides in healing the hurt and pain of falling out of love.

Couples of all ages, who want to start again, are invited to attend regardless of religious background. The program will begin with the weekend experience and follow up with 12 presentations offered within six weeks. On the Retrouvaille weekend experience, husbands and wives begin to reestablish communication and gain new insight into themselves as individuals and as a couple. You will discover how listening, communication and the dialogue process will help you find the courage and strength to begin again. This part of the program is presented by three married couples and a priest. The follow up series provides a time and place to work on your relationship, and is an important phase of the Retrouvaille healing process. Love cannot be healed in a single weekend.

The weekend is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a social gathering; nor is it counseling. Your participation in this program is kept confidential. You will not be asked to share your problems with anyone else. However, you will be encouraged to put the past behind you.

For more information or to register, please call (800) 470-2230 (outside of Montana) or (406) 761-4830 (in Montana.)

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