Life Skills for Couples

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Joy-filled Marriage

Life Skills for Couples

by Tom McCabe, MA, Rosemary McCabe, Greg Popcak, PhD

Life Skills for Couples is the virtue-based life-skills component of the Joy-Filled Marriage marriage preparation program. Life Skills is designed to help engaged couples set patterns of thought and behavior that will ensure a lifelong, joy-filled marriage. Through interactive videos, featuring witness couples, and easy-to-navigate written materials, this program helps couples prepare for their future life together.

Life Skills for Couples springs from the teachings of St John Paul II’s calling to families and couples to explore their uniqueness by seeking their identity and mission in Christ.

This program is intimately connected with God’s Plan for Love, which discusses the sacramentality of marriage. Along with the Our Joy-Filled Marriage Journal, these make up the one Joy-Filled Marriage program. This program can be used in any setting in which marriage preparation can be done—from the intimacy of a living room in a mentor couple model to a small group at a parish to an auditorium filled with couples diocesan-wide.

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This Starter Pack includes the Life Skills for Couples videos, one Leader’s Guide, one Couple’s Guide, and one Couple’s Journal. Learn More.


This Life Skills for Couples Couple’s Set is essential for every participant of Life Skills for Couples. It includes two Couple’s Guides and the Couple’s Journal. Learn More.


This Life Skills for Couples Couple’s Guide allows each person to follow along with the content of the videos, including activities to help them engage personally with the content. Learn More.


This Couple’s Journal is both a beautiful keepsake and a rich resource. The Journal enables them to record and return to what was most meaningful to them during their marriage preparation, and to continue building good habits throughout their marriage. Learn More.


This Life Skills for Couples Leader’s Guide is essential for every marriage preparation leader or facilitator. It includes the contents of the Couple’s Guide, as well as notes for leading engaged couples through the content. Learn More.


These six Life Skills for Couples videos are presented by witness couples, who combine the time-tested content in the written materials with wisdom from their own lived experience. Learn More.