Thrive! Marriage Preparation

This is a new option for engaged couples to prepare for marriage in the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph.  The dual focus on human and spiritual development makes this program different from others now available.

The next available Thrive! weekend will be held:

May 5-7, 2017*
St. John Francis Regis Parish

8941 James A. Reed Rd, Kansas City, MO 64138

*this weekend is currently at full capacity; if you choose to register for this date, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a spot becomes available


Curriculum: couples will learn about . . .

-scientifically proven, research-based relationship development

-cutting-edge brain science

-positive psychology

-women’s health

-the theological vision of marriage

-insights from Theology of the Body

and practical guidance for...

-managing finances

-developing a life of prayer and virtue

-making intentional decisions about how they can form their new home as a domestic church in which everyone THRIVES!

Cost: $200 per couple.  
This program includes the content from steps 3-5 of the marriage preparation process so couples completing this weekend will not need to attend the God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage program and they will be able to attend an introduction to NFP (Creighton Model) during the weekend included in the cost of THRIVE!  The weekend is held at various parish locations; there will be no overnight stays. Registration includes hors d'oeuvres on Friday, meals on Saturday and Sunday.


Friday        6:30PM-9:00PM

Saturday    9:00AM-8:00PM

Sunday      8:30AM-6:00PM

Register for Thrive!

Resources for those who have attended Thrive!

Fun things to do for married and engaged couples…

Date Night is a monthly (10 times a year) program offered by a local Catholic group called School of Love. The event is FREE and includes a short talk to help couples develop their relationship, fellowship and a conversation starter to use on your own date that follows the program.  It is normally held on the First Thursday of each month.
City on a Hill – Young Adults in KC

Many of the volunteers who helped during your Thrive weekend belong to the  Catholic young adult group City on a Hill.  You may find this to be an amazing resource as you look for other couples that share your goals and values.  You may find some lasting friendships here!  Please click the link above to learn about fellowship, formation, spiritual direction, and more!
Some useful links to help you continue the good things you started last weekend…

You may need help in your relationship even before you get married.
We have lots of information about various aspects of family life.
If you find yourself dealing with infertility, you are not alone in your struggle.
For more on the topic of discernment (that we spoke about at the end of Sunday).