MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE

“The future of the world and of the Church passes through the family.” – St. John Paul II


Marriage Prep

Couples wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage must begin formation at least six months before they plan to marry. Marriage preparation includes an initial meeting with Deacon Dave Carignan, who will help you select a wedding date and start the A-Form, a necessary form for all who are partaking in the sacrament of marriage in the Archdiocese of Detroit.


(734) 453-0326, ext. 249

Natural Family Planning - Creighton Method

This FertilityCare System is a method of holistic fertility awareness that can benefit women and couples from teens through the menopausal years.  This system can provide in-depth information on the most current, effective, and scientific natural system to achieve or avoid pregnancy.  Combined with medical care, it can also be used to identify and treat underlying causes of pain, PMS, postpartum depression, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, recurrent miscarriages, infertility, irregular cycles, and more.

The Marriage Course: 8 Great Dates

The Marriage Course: 8 Great Dates is designed to help couples learn practical tools to build strong and healthy marriages. While enjoying a catered dinner from local restaurants at private candlelit tables for two (there is no group discussion or group sharing), couples view a DVD and have a chance to discuss important issues often ignored in the rush of daily life.  Come experience what over 200 other couples have.  Questions?  Please contact Kathy Tereba.


Alpha Parenting

Family life is under great pressure today and parents face bewildering choices about how to parent effectively. We must realize we are not alone in our challenges, picking up ideas from other parents. The Alpha Parenting Course is for both parents and/or caregivers for children through age 18. Please join us for a meal, presentation, and small group discussion covering a variety of topics that help equip you to parent more effectively and build a healthy family life.


American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women, embracing Christian values and encouraging family involvement. Our mission is to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. All girls of any color, creed, race, national origin, and socioeconomic status who agree to live according to the standards of the AHG Oath and the AHG Creed are invited to be members of American Heritage Girls.


Baptismal Prep

The Baptismal Preparation Ministry reaches out to new parents who request Baptism for their children. It offers an overview of the Sacrament of Baptism and helps parents to understand the responsibility and commitment they are undertaking. Parents, as primary catechists of their children, are impressed upon to understand it is their duty to see to their child’s religious formation, including weekly attendance at Mass.


Call the Parish Office

(734) 453-0326



The Boy Scouts of America

The BSA goal at OLGC is to train youth in responsible citizenship, spirituality, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. We offer age-specific troops, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers.


ENCOURAGE

EnCourage is a Roman Catholic apostolate for parents, friends, and family members of loved ones with same-­sex attractions. The ministry helps members focus on their own spiritual development with the goals of achieving peace and complete trust in God’s Providence and His love for us and for the ones we love. EnCourage offers a supportive, confidential environment to share feelings, experiences, information, and guidance for maintaining healthy relationships with our loved ones.


(734) 453-0326, ext. 245
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Financial Peace University

Approximately 70 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. This means “broke” has become the new normal. At the end of the month, many simply have nothing left because of debt and expenses. As a church, we want to share a practical plan that can help you discover God’s way of handling money. We want to empower you to get on a budget, get out of debt, and take control of your money. Financial Peace University is that plan. This 9-week class can change your financial story in a matter of weeks–and your family tree for generations to come.


Little Flowers Girls Club

Little Flowers Girls Club is a Catholic club for girls ages 5 and up. Little Flowers helps girls explore the world through a Catholic lens using the Catechism of the Catholic Church, saint biographies, virtues, and service projects.


Living in Love Marriage Workshop

The Living in Love weekend makes more joy and love in your marriage possible, providing liberating insights, affirming exercises, and practical strategies. It helps couples draw close to each other by practical application of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. You only share with your spouse. Whether you’re married for five months or 50 years, this transformative weekend will bring more happiness to all areas of your life.


(734) 812-1711



My House Men's Group

Pornography. Infidelity. Lust. If you’ve had enough, there is hope. My House Men’s Group confidentially helps men regain their sexual integrity through prayer, accountability, and encouragement. Meetings are held in the evening during the week for two hours. The place and time of the meeting is disclosed after initial contact with one of the group facilitators. This is a strictly confidential group and a confidentiality statement must be signed by all members. 

(734) 453-0326, ext. 308
You can only leave a message at this extension at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


My House Women's Group

Many Women who find themselves in a relationship plagued with pornography and/or other sexual indiscretions seem content with their significant other seeking recovery but not themselves. They don’t realize that they need to heal the hurts and wounds caused by this addiction. My House Women’s Group is a Christian support ministry which supports these women. Meetings are held in the evening during the week for two hours. The place and time of the meeting is disclosed after initial contact with one of the group facilitators. This is a strictly confidential group and a confidentiality statement must be signed by all members. 

(734) 453-0326, ext. 308
You can only leave a message at this extension at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


Separation / Divorce

Separated and divorced Catholics are deserving of compassion and support from the Catholic community. The impact of divorce is often immense and multiple. Divorce often leaves a lasting and ripple effect for the couple, children and other family members. The immediate and long-term need for support and healing resource is well documented.

Any person who wishes to enter marriage in the Catholic Church, and who has a former spouse who is living, needs to look at the possibility of a declaration of nullity in order to determine that they are free to marry in the Catholic Church. The fact that a couple was married before a Catholic priest and two witnesses does not necessarily guarantee that all the requirements were present to establish a full and valid marriage.

As part of its fundamental teaching on marriage, the Catholic Church does not recognize divorce as ending the bond established in marriage, believing that marriage is binding until death. While the presumption always exists that a marriage is valid, either of the spouses has the right to ask the church to examine this presumption after common life has ceased, there is no hope of reconciliation, and a civil divorce has been obtained.

Divorced Catholics may consider remarriage following a decree of nullity, commonly known as annulment.  An annulment determines that at the time of marriage something was missing in the relationship preventing the marriage from being sacramental. The Church makes no ruling on the civil legality of the marriage, but rather makes a determination whether or not the marriage is considered valid according to the laws of the Church.

The Catholic community “…must do everything possible so that such people [those in irregular marriages] feel loved and accepted, that they are not ‘outsiders’ even if they cannot receive absolution and the Eucharist. They must see that they too live fully within the Church.” —Pope Benedict XVI comment to divorced Catholics, World Meeting of Families, June 2012

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a support group for divorced Catholics. The ministry calls upon the Holy Spirit to bring hope, healing and a new beginning to those who have experienced divorce. This group meets once a month with guest speakers who address relevant topics in a safe, confidential, and prayerful environment with small group breakout discussions.

Retrouvaille

Help for hurting marriages: thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the Retrouvaille program. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.