BreakThrough for Leaders

Provide Support for Spouses in Difficult Marriages 

The BreakThrough course and workshop is designed for spouses in troubled marriages. It is pastorally flexible, it can be done by an individual in a marriage in distress (if the other spouse refuses to get help). Or it can be completed by a couple, if both parties are seeking to improve the marriage. As a result of this flexibility the BreakThrough course and workshop provide a unique support for marrriages in crisis.

Pastoral Care for Marriages in Distress the Marriage Catechumenate

The BreakThrough program is a timely response to synod calls for a ‘marriage catechumenate’ that provides a continuing accompaniment with couples through their Sacrament of Marriage, both the good times and the bad.

A parish community can advertise the BreakThrough online course on their parish website (we provide suggested text below). By doing this they will be providing 24/7 marriage support for couples that are in distress, offering them healing and hope. 
In addition a parish can offer the BreakThrough workshop as a live plug and play group format. We recommend doing both if possible.

The BreakThrough course material will teach participants how to identify conflict triggers, offer strategies to de-escalate an argument and give constructive ways to re-establish connection between husband and wife.

  • Participants will learn how arguments happen, how to manage them better or avoid them altogether.
  • Understand their internal drivers: and how the other spouse is triggering them.
  • Process the pain of past injuries: making them stronger and less reactive.
  • Restore hope for their relationship’s future: with practical strategies.

Two Flexible Formats

  1. A parish can choose to promote the BreakThrough online course for individual/couples to use all year round. Website text is provided for your parish below.
  2. The course material can also be presented as a BreakThrough workshop to a group of couples live at your parish. Purchase a facilitator's kit to run the Breakthrough workshop in your community. 
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Course Overview

Closed Captions

All the BreakThrough course videos have closed captions in English and Spanish.

Please note the course activities and website content is only available in English. However our website is also compatible with Google Translate for bilingual couples.


Ready to Refer Couples?

Your parish noticeboard and what you choose to advertise at the back of your Church could save a marriage. We have created the following advertsiing resources that can be printed by you locally and placed in a visible location so that couples can discover our trusted resources to support their marriage in difficult times.

Brochures for your Community to promote the BreakThrough online course

Your Website Can Save a Marriage

Often, the diocese or parish website is the place a person first encounters the faith community seeking information, answers or help.

Would a spouse in a distressed marriage find any links to resources on your website?

With the SmartLoving suite of resources, you can easily and effectively link them to resources, information and support for their marriage. Copy and paste our suggested website copy or edit to create a tailored message.

Check out two communities that we have worked with to support their pastoral care to couples in their community: Diocese of Plymouth, UK | St Declan's Penhurst, AUS

BreakThrough Leader's Guide

Breakthrough Leaders Guide Vista Print

We have created a BreakThrough Leader's guide that you can print and share with your leadership team to explore the ways the course can be used in your community.

Facilitators Kit for BreakThrough Workshop

Includes Exclusive Content

Access to the online course featuring our professionally produced video content for the Facilitators personal use.

Plug & Play videos for Facilitators who wish to run a live workshop. Each of 3 parts has one video with ‘pause’ cues to allow participants to complete the associated activity.

MS Powerpoint slideshow with Facilitator notes for those who prefer live presentation over video.

Participant Handouts (PDF) with printing permission for signed up Facilitators.

Support documentation including hosting suggestions, venue set up, promotional resources.

Training video for Facilitators of a live workshop presented by authors Francine & Byron Pirola.

MRC eJournal subscription with recordings and articles from the Renaissance of Marriage Conference series and associates of MRC.

Print Materials

How to Run the BreakThrough Workshop

Feedback Survey

PMRC Marriage and Relationship Foundation – Donation form

Participant Handouts – print your own using the file in your kit

Promotional Material


(Available as PDF downloads)

Ready to Purchase?

BreakThrough Facilitator

One year access, not transferable.

Terms and Conditions

The BreakThrough Facilitator Hub is for use by one facilitator (or married couple facilitator) and is not transferable or shareable.

Purchase includes access for one year to the Facilitator Hub and membership must remain active for those who wish to continue to use the BreakThrough resources, including use of saved copies of the handouts, slide show or videos.

Membership can be renewed at significant discounts. Please watch for renewal notices in your inbox.

For organisational use with multiple facilitators, please purchase individual copies. Contact us: for discounted options.

Claim a Unique Coupon Code for your Organization

Support your community with a 50% discount on select courses and products.

Qualifying courses include: Newlywed, The Marriage Kit, BreakThroughFertility

To take advantage of this offer, complete the request form on the link below. Our ministry team will email an unique organization coupon code for you to share on your organisation website, in digital and print newsletters, email campaigns and flyers.

The coupon code is good for multiple purchases, but may not be used in conjunction with other coupons to compound discounts.

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We're ready to collaborate with your community!

With a comprehensive suite of online courses and leader kits, our partner packages can be customised to complement your existing resources. Many of our online courses can be used independently by the couple or spouse, or facilitated by a local leader in a group experience. With high-quality video production, interactive quizzes, couple activities and practical everyday tools, SmartLoving courses are engaging and effective.  

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