30 Min Monthly Conversations:
Discussing Love, Family, and Faith


Supporting Couples

Ellen Holloway


Choosing a School

Pauline Meert


Marriage & the Eucharist

Christopher West


Standing Strong as a Parent and Grandparent

Dr. Guarendi


Tender Loving Care (TLC) for Marriage Ministry

Tere Johnson


Building Stronger Family Bonds: Uniting Through Weekly Rituals

Jordan Langdon


Marriage and Forever Love

Julia Dezelski


Spiritual Direction Ministry

Amanda Zurface


How Developmental Stages Can Guide Parenting

Pauline Meert


Eucharist... A Challenging Truth to Swallow!

Trapper Jack (Philip Keller)


Tender Loving Care

For Marriage Ministry

Tender Loving Care


April 17th, 2024
2:00 PM Mountain Time

This will be hosted by Ashley Ruybal, with special guest speaker, Tere Johnson

Marriage prep and marriage enrichment teams are the best people in the world. They give and share their personal stories and their time!

But who is taking care of their marriage? Long time Family Life Ministry leader Teresita Johnson will share ways you can give your volunteers (and yourselves) some TLC!

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Building Stronger Family Bonds

Uniting Through Weekly Rituals

Building Stronger Family Bonds


May 29th, 2024
2:00 PM Mountain Time

This will be hosted by Ashley Ruybal, with special guest speaker, Jordan Langdon.

Your family is the most important TEAM you will ever be a part of. However, many of our families do not actually function as a true team, which causes division in relationships, kids looking to peers over parents for support and an overall lack of belonging. This session will give you a taste of how getting 1 simple Weekly Ritual going in your family can have you feeling like the united team you were meant to be!

familiesofcharacter.com, familiesofcharacter.com/podcast

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A Challenging Truth to Swallow

Eucharist...A Challenging Truth to Swallow


September 18th, 2024
2:00 PM Mountain Time

This special 30 min conversation will be hosted by Ashley Ruybal, with special guest speaker, Trapper Jack (Philip Keller)

All the signs, as well as John 6, tell us the Eucharist is Jesus.

Yet, 70% of Catholics do not believe that anything miraculous happens on the altar during mass. Despite the dozens of cases of Eucharistic miracles, where bread is transformed into heart tissue, Catholics continue to doubt.

Perhaps we have been trained to doubt. Perhaps we have placed a giant invisibility cloak over all the Catholic approved supernatural events that are still part of the everyday collisions of heaven and earth.

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Standing Strong

As a parent or grandparent

Standing Strong

March 6th, 2024

This special 30 min conversation will be hosted by Ashley Ruybal, with special guest speaker, Dr. Ray Guarendi

Don't miss our upcoming webisode with Dr. Ray, an experienced clinical psychologist with 40+ years of expertise.

As a special guest, he'll discuss "Standing Strong as a Parent and Grandparent," drawing from his extensive background in family dynamics. Dr. Ray, a practicing Catholic, advocates for empowering parents to trust their instincts in raising children for a fulfilling life.

Gain valuable insights and proven parenting techniques from the author of "You're A Better Parent Than You Think." Join us for practical advice on raising happy, well-adjusted children.

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Marriage & the Eucharist

The supreme sacrament of the redemption of the body

Marriage & the Eucharist

February 21st, 2024

Hosted by Ashley Ruybal with Christopher West

Join Dr. Christopher West as he explores St. John Paul II’s teaching that the Eucharist is the consummation of the mystical marriage of Christ and the Church: “the Sacrament of the Bridegroom and of the Bride.” You will never see your marriage, the Mass and this most Holy Sacrament the same way again!

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Choosing a School

Discerning Education as a Family

Choosing A School

February 7th, 2024

Hosted by Ashley Ruybal with Pauline Meert from Sophia Montessori Academy

It is never too early to discuss education for your future or new children.

Join Sophia Montessori Academy founder, Pauline Meert, as she discusses the state of education, how to learn more about various educational approaches, and how to discern your school path as a family.

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Supporting Couples

In choosing and using Natural Family Planning

Supporting Couples

January 17th, 2024

Hosted by Ashley Ruybal with Ellen Holloway | Catholic Sexuality and NFP Mindset Coach

We have a huge chasm in our church when it comes to teaching about Natural Family Planning (NFP). Many marriage preparation programs provide an introduction or even a full course of instruction in a method of fertility awareness, but roughly 2% of Catholic married couples report actually using NFP in their marriage.

What is it that parishes need to do in order to help couples choose to use NFP and then support them in continuing to use this natural method of fertility regulation even when things get hard?

Join Ellen Holloway in a discussion of what couples really need and how we can implement solutions to support marriages in this way.

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Empowering Moms and Daughters

Navigating Puberty together with our Mothers of (Pre) Teens program

Mothers of (Pre) Teens program

October 11th, 2023

Hosted by Ashley Ruybal with Jackie Aguilar from Natural Womanhood

Girls entering puberty need to be taught about puberty and cycles. What are some of the roadblocks or fears for moms when it comes to discussing these topics? Our Mothers of (Pre) Teens program is a tool for moms to help them be the primary educator of their daughter and to build closeness and trust in their relationship.

We will take you on a short tour of the Mothers of (Pre) Teens course and discuss the impact that it is having on moms and daughters.

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Parish Offeratory, Stewardship and Major Giving


Hosted by Ashley Ruybal with Rob Faughnan, CFRE from BluePhilanthropy

BluePhilanthropy has studied numerous parish offertories throughout the United States, asking the question:

  • Would parishioners give more?
  • Do they have more to give?
Our research shows that with very few exceptions, ALL parishes have room to grow. Additionally, 53% of parishioners will give more than they currently do if ASKED by their pastor.

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Supporting Families of Child Loss

August 30th, 2023

Hosted by Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Kelly Breaux from Red Bird Ministries

When a parent experiences the loss of a child, they often don't know where to turn. For many, our first reach is not to the Church. Holy Mother Church desires to support families of loss.

In this webisode, we will talk about the challenges parents face in losing a child and ways to support families beyond the funeral.

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New Resources for Catholic Married Couples

New Resources for Catholic Married Couples

Hosted by Ashley Ruybal with Dr. Sarah Bartel from Cana Feast

When a couple is struggling in their marital intimacy, what resources are there to help them with practical guidance that is in line with Catholic teaching?

Hear from moral theologian Dr. Sarah Bartel about her work helping married Catholic women grow in their experience of the marital embrace. Hear about the common problems women face and the kinds of support and guidance that can help.

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A Catholic Guide to Understanding Gender


Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenter Jason Evert with Chastity Project

  • How many genders are there?
  • What if my daughter says she’s trans?
  • Should I use their preferred pronouns?
  • Is gender a social construct?
  • Are puberty blockers safe?
  • What if I experience gender dysphoria?
Jason Evert addresses the most common claims of gender theory and shows how to respond with charity and clarity in his new book "Male, Female, Other?"

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From Ashes to Life:

A testament to God's healing power and grace after an affair

From Ashes to Life

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenters: Deano and Karen Gonzales, Marriage Prep Instructors for CMP.

Tragically, many couples find themselves in despair, without hope, and filing for a divorce after an affair. This webisode will provide some insight and real life experience of how the love of Jesus led Deano and Karen through the pain and suffering of a 2 year affair and restored their marriage.

Listen in on how they hope to help other couples who find themselves in a similar crisis and journey with them to navigate the waters to freedom and a restored marriage.

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Helping Adult Children of Divorce

Who are Preparing for Marriage

Helping Adult Children of Divorce

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenters: Dr. Daniel and Bethany Meola of Life-Giving Wounds

Men and women whose parents are divorced or separated are statistically at more risk of divorcing themselves. What can clergy and pastoral leaders do to help adult children of divorce (ACODs) marry with greater confidence and success? Dr. Daniel and Bethany Meola are the founders of Life-Giving Wounds, an apostolate dedicated to giving voice to the pain of ACODs and helping them find healing. The Meolas will discuss the particular wounds and needs of those preparing for marriage after not seeing their parents' marriages last, including anxiety about conflict, difficulty with genuine intimacy, fears about parenting, and more. This webisode will help those in marriage preparation ministry be more aware of the particular needs of ACODs and help them overcome the challenges they face, in order to marry joyfully and confidently.

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Supporting Couples

in Healing from Pornography Use

Supporting Couples with Porn Addiction

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenter: Dan Spadaro

It is clear that both husband and wife are impacted when there is a discovery of pornography use in the marriage. How can we help support a couple when there is a discovery? Dan Spadaro, a licensed counselor, will offer some practical and theoretic ideas related to issues that come up in this process and possible guidance and resources for growth.

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Catholic Quinceañeras Celebrations

Quinceaneras Celebration

November 2nd, 2022

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenter: Carmen Chavez-Lopez

Previously recorded on November 2nd, 2022. In this short presentation, you will learn how our online Quince course provides a wonderful opportunity to bring teens and their families back to church and, more importantly, to God. Please note - this webisode will be presented in English and focus on supporting the Hispanic community in parishes through the Quinceañeras Celebrations.

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Formation of Conscience

Formation of Conscience

September 28th, 2022

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenter: Christian Meert

Previously recorded on September 28th, 2022. Take 30 minutes to learn more about why it is so important to have a well-formed conscience, the difference between opinions and conscience, and how CatholicMarriageprep.com deals with this in our marriage preparation course with engaged couples.

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Is Your Parish Mission - Driven or Budget - Driven?

Is Your Parish Mission - Driven or Budget - Driven?

July 20th, 2022

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenter: Jonathan Teixeira from Wallet Win

Previously recorded on July 20th, 2022. How do you offer your parishioners the tools and strategies they need to live as the good stewards they’re called to be? In this webisode, you’ll learn how to start designing a budget around your mission.

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Handling Tough Topics in Catholic Marriage Prep:

Addressing Gender Dysphoria, Catholic Anthropology, and Transgenderism

Handling Tough Topics

June 1st, 2022

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Presenter: Patrick Hernandez

Previously recorded on June 1st, 2022. Destructive gender ideologies are rapidly on the rise, so how do we prepare engaged couples for marriage in a world where genders are blurred? Learn how we help couples understand God's plan for men and women, and embrace the God-given missions that our world is currently trying to redefine.

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Online Solutions for Marriage Convalidations

Online Solutions

March 26, 2022

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Speaker: Christian Meert

Previously recorded on March 26, 2022. Unsure how to handle marriage convalidations? Learn how CatholicMarriageprep.com can help you and your parish in these unique situations.

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Spanish Online Faith Formation Prep with Personal One-on-One Mentoring

Spanish Online Faith Formation Prep

February 2, 2022

Hosted by: Ashley Ruybal with Special Guest Speaker: Carmen Chavez-Lopez * In Spanish

Previously recorded on Feb, 2, 2022. Learn more about our Online Marriage, Baptism, and Quinceañeras Preparations!

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What Can Marriage Prep Offer Me?

What Can Marriage Prep Offer Me?


Hosted and Presented by: Ashley Ruybal

Previously recorded in 2021. Learn more about CatholicMarriagePrep.com and how it can be of service to your parish!

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