Marriages for Mary
"Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5)

What We Do

Mission of Hope:

Marriages for Mary is a Catholic retreat based Marriage Ministry that help couples discover the way to joy filled marriages by seeking the Mother of God, Mary Most Holy , and trusting in her to lead the way to her Son, Jesus, the source of joy and peace. Founders of Marriages for Mary, Gerard and Rita McCarthy, have experienced the powerful intercession of the Blessed Mother in their own lives when their marriage ended and was resurrected, miraculously, through the power of the Mother of God. This couple is a powerful testimony to the promise that," With God All things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). The Charism of this ministry is Hope. Its primary purpose to help bring forth the promise of New Life to all married couples.

Retreat Components:

The retreat includes a combination of talks and Church Sacraments that serve in bringing forth New Life. This ministry uses tangible tools to help couples overcome common struggles in married life, it provides guidance for couples to grow together in holiness and it helps couples live out fully the Vocation of Marriage. Retreat topics include:

  • Witness talk, "How did we get from there to here?", by Gerard and Rita McCarthy
  • Spirituality of Marriages for Mary
  • Marriage: A Divine Plan
  • The Mystery of Oneness
  • Forgiveness
  • Communication
  • Theology of the Body
  • The Power of Praying Together
  • The Power of Love (The Love Languages)
  • Now What? (Discipleship)

Activities following talks include: Candlelight dinner, inventories, small group discussion, intimate couple time, fellowship and fun, Q&A, Prayer and Marriage Guidance*


  • Holy Mass
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
  • Holy Rosary
  • Renewal of Vows

* Marriage Guidance is a confidential, couple to couple sharing between participants and the founders. It is freely given at the participants request It is a gentle approach of listening and sharing of experience.

Mobile Mission:

Since its beginning, this ministry has been a mission on the move! Founders Gerard and Rita McCarthy have made themselves available to travel to present talks, not only in their home province of Newfoundland, Canada, but have traveled to spread their message of Hope to other parts of the world, including the US and Europe. For more information on how Marriages for Mary can reach your parish click on Contact Us.

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