Marital Difficulties

Marital Difficulties

Providing Comfort During this Difficult and Stressful Time.

Every marriage experiences difficulties. For some it may be adjusting to a new life together, becoming parents, or navigating the financial, familial, or sexual differences that can come with marriage. Others may experience deeper problems like infidelity, addictions, mental disorders, or abuse.

No matter what your current circumstances – divorced, separated, or thinking of separation – please know that the Church loves you and wants to help you in any way we can.

Below are some of the resources for couples experiencing marital difficulties, or for anyone with questions about difficult situations. You can also contact our office with questions at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would simply like some more help finding support for your situation, please contact our office.


The word “Retrouvaille” is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools for couples in struggling or deeply strained marriages to rediscover a loving marital relationship. Thousands of couples in unloving relationships, separation, and even divorce have successfully overcome their marital problems and recovered a loving relationship by attending this program.

The Retrouvaille program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of optional but strongly recommended post-weekend sessions over three months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. 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 to examine your lives together in a new and positive way.

Retrouvaille weekends are held twice a year in the Diocese of Harrisburg.  For more information please see the Retrouvaille website. Click here to register online.

Marriage Counseling

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg (CCDH) operates counseling offices in four different locations:  Harrisburg, Lancaster, Abbottstown, and York.  All of the counselors are licensed and professionally trained and can address issues ranging from marriage problems, mental health, parenting, pregnancy, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other related problems.  They can also refer to other services in the surrounding community when needed.

Any individual or family is eligible for counseling – services are offered without regard to religion, race, gender, age, condition or ability to pay.  All counseling services are based on a sliding fee schedule, and each case is determined individually.  No one is denied service based on their inability to pay.

To contact Catholic Charities please visit their website for the location nearest to you, or call 717-657-4804.

Beginning Experience

Beginning Experience is a ministry for the separated, divorced and widowed, rooted in the Catholic Church, serving people of all faiths.  It offers hope for a new beginning, a sense of community, and an opportunity for healing among those you can trust – people who have experienced a similar loss. During the weekend, a team of adults who have experienced the loss of a spouse will lead participants through a series of presentations, private reflections, and small group sharing.

For more information, please see the Beginning Experience page here.

Divorce, Annulments, Remarriage, and the Church

Have questions about divorce, remarriage, or the annulment process?  Please see the diocese’s Tribunal office here.

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