Resources for Leaders

Partnering with Dioceses & Parishes

SmartLoving offers a range of programs and resources to equip clergy, lay leaders, dioceses and parishes with the important task of marriage preparation and ongoing pastoral care for married couples.

It is no secret that marriage rates are plummeting. Faith in Jesus Christ has also taken a nosedive. Are the two related? What can we do to fix it?

It has been suggested that the large decrease in faith and Church attendance can be linked to the decline of marriage. Data suggests that the health of a person’s faith is connected with the health of that person’s family. With fewer lasting marriages and fewer children with married parents, a decline in faith seems to follow.

We believe the New Evangelisation should be a nuptial movement.

Why? The bible begins and ends with a wedding. God’s story of salvation is told as a spousal love story. The enemy wants to destroy marriage. Therefore, our parishes need to be engaged in marriage and relationship ministry as a high priority.

Catholic parishes can evangelise by becoming hubs for healthy relationships for both single and married people, with marriage ministry becoming a central and standard part of parish life.

Our mission with SmartLoving is to empower couples with skills and insights so that they become effective agents of evangelisation to which they are called. All our resources are grounded in the wisdom of the Church, particularly the Theology of the Body, and focus on teaching practical skills and theological insights to provide a comprehensive formation experience.

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Courses & Resources

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Engaged

An online course for couples preparing to marry in the Catholic Church.

Engaged allows you to provide flexible, high-quality marriage preparation from within your own dioceses or parish.

No need for extensive training or complicated administration.

Review the course as a leader here.

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Newlywed

A date nite series brimming with inspiration, tips and practical tools for the first year of marriage.

Newlywed will help a couple to set the foundations of their marriage.

Inspiring content, individual reflection questions, discussion guide delivered via email every two weeks.

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Fertility

An online course that can be used to help couples fully understand their combined fertility and learn natural fertility awareness methods.

Couples in your community can progress through the Fertility course and receive a certificate on completion. We can set up emial notifications of a couple’s progress through the course.

The fertility course comes FREE with every enrolment to the Engaged course.

Review the course as a leader here.

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Marriage Kit

The Marriage Kit is an online course consisting of 5 lessons for couples wanting to grow in faith and in love. The course is suited to couples looking for marriage enrichment or for a community wanting to promote/host a marriage enrichment experience in a group format or in an online accompanied model.

Review the course as a leader here.

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Breakthrough

Breakthrough is an online course for spouses in troubled marriages.
It is designed to support a spouse who is in a marriage under stress or experiencing disconnection by helping to:

  • Identify their conflict triggers.
  • Learn strategies to de-escalate an argument.
  • Restore hope with practical relationship strategies.
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Cathfamily

An online database dedicated to assisting families in making the home the living heart of the church. There are thousands of subscribers that include parents, teachers, catechists and parish leaders. Resources include craft activities, games, drama, recipes, and prayer rituals celebrating the seasonal feasts and Catholic culture, most of which are free. The weekly eNews links to seasonally relevant posts and special offers on eBooks.

 

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Discern

SmartLoving Discern assists committed dating couples discerning whether they should marry. Comprised of the first four lessons from the Engaged course, Discern provides foundational skills for couples to explore each other's views and expectations of marriage without the pressure of wedding day timelines. Additional content provides specific guidance in discernment.

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Coaching

Our SmartLoving Coaches have been trained in the SL frameworks and can provide guidance and support as participants work their way through any of the online courses. Coaches bring practical lived experience and are grounded in the Catholic faith. They are not counsellors or spiritual directors, but they can help participants find one if needed.

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Webinars

Webinars and Online Gatherings are offered regularly to couples and spouses to answer questions, engage in discussion and provide community support. Some of the SmartLoving courses are also offered as online group experiences.

 

 

Claim a Unique Coupon Code for your Organization

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

Qualifying courses include:  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.  

Book an obligation-free 30 min video consultation to discuss your custom solution today!

Or contact us via info@marriagerc.org

Your Website Can Be A Place for Marriage & Family

Your website is the front door of your community. Often, the diocesan or parish website is the place a person first encounters your faith community seeking answers or help.

Would an engaged couple, a spouse in a difficult marriage, or a parent find what they need on your website?

With the SmartLoving suite of resources, you can easily and effectively link them to resources, information and support in marriage and family life.
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 Penshurst, Australia 

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SmartLoving Founders Byron and Francine Pirola have been seen and heard on the following networks / collaborated with the following ministries

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