The Joined by Grace Mentor Guide provides six detailed meeting outlines that will help mentor couples explore with their assigned engaged couples what they are learning in the Couple’s Book as they work through the program.
The Mentor Guide:
- Provides practical tips for presenting essential Church teaching on marriage and candidly sharing stories from the mentors’ own marriage that will help inform and instruct engaged couples
- Shares research findings on the millennial generation and their attitudes and beliefs about Christian marriage
- Helps correlate the reading engaged couples are expected to do to prepare for each meeting, the videos for each session, and mentor input
- Includes detailed coaching materials for preparing and leading meetings or retreat sessions, including step-by-step outlines
Each Joined by Grace Mentor Pack includes two Mentor Guides, one Couple's Book, and one DVD.
About Joined by Grace
Joined by Grace was developed with one goal in mind: to help engaged couples build strong, life-giving, and lasting unions by inspiring them to welcome God into their marriages more completely.
Offering couples the tools they need for life after their wedding day, Joined by Grace shows how the seven sacraments can help build marriages that are rooted in Christ by teaching couples to accept and be fully present to one another, give themselves completely, and serve and forgive each other.
Published by Ave Maria Press—the publisher of Together for Life and a leader in marriage ministry for almost 50 years—written by marriage experts John and Teri Bosio, and produced by the Emmy-winning Spirit Juice Studios, Joined by Grace provides parish leaders, mentor couples, and engaged couples the most comprehensive, innovative, and up-to-date marriage preparation program for Catholic parishes today and the first to emphasize the connection between marriage and the other six sacraments.
Item #: JBG-MENTOR
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“An excellent tool.”
“An excellent tool to help parishes welcome young couples to marriage and prepare them to embrace their Christian vocation.”
Most Rev. David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville
“Well grounded in the Church's sacramental theology.”
“Joined by Grace uses real-life vignettes that draw engaged couples into a deep process of learning and discernment. The program’s approach is well-grounded in the Church’s sacramental theology and provides a basic appreciation of the life of grace at work within us. Suitable for use with couples at every level of faith development and knowledge, it makes good use of mentor couples as companions for the engaged and sets the stage for ongoing support and marriage enrichment. Solid theology, practical examples, and engaging parishioners together provide a great recipe for a man and a woman who will be joined by grace as they pledge their love for life.”
Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
“An invaluable resource for engaged couples.”
“Joined by Grace has proven to be an invaluable resource for the engaged couples we have mentored during the past two years. The Couple's Book provides valuable insights on the spiritual dimensions of marriage and facilitates vital discussions across a range of topics including finance, intimacy, spirituality, and more. Every couple we worked with read the chapters and came to the next meeting saying, ‘We needed to talk about this.’ Because the program is structured around a catechesis on the sacraments, engaged couples grow spiritually. It is a must-have resource. We no longer facilitate marriage preparation without this wonderful book in our tool kit.”
Deacon Paul and Amy Taylor
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
“A true blessing.”
“I have used the Couple's Book over the past two years in preparing seventeen engaged couples for marriage and found the book to be a true blessing. Many of these couples tell me of conversations they have had about important matters that they otherwise would never have had, if not for what they read there. I highly recommend this book for both its practical approach and deep spiritual base.”
Deacon Mike Catalano
St. Henry Catholic Church
“We saw in both our engaged and mentor couples a definite uptick in their sacramental knowledge and faith. They came away better equipped to live sacramentally, and that is beautiful.”
Rev. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C.
Former Associate Pastor
Tri-Community Catholic Parish
Colorado Springs, Colorado