The Life-Long Commitment of Marriage

In this weekend’s bulletin, you’ll see a special section dedicated to marriage. St. Mary’s is here to walk with you on your sacramental journey, and we encourage you to learn more about all the resources we offer to support you and your spouse (scroll to the bottom of the page to view all our Marriage and Family Life Ministries). Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find in the bulletin this weekend:

Pope Francis Speaks to us on The Life-Long Commitment of Marriage:
“Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion. Is it out of fashion? In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the moment. They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘forever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, that believes you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you.
– Address to World Youth Day volunteers, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28th, 2013

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend
Restore Communication, Renew Commitment and Rekindle Romance in your marriage! You are capable of true love. Take this on opportunity as husband and wife to develop a more intimate knowledge, understanding and acceptance of each other through the use of open and loving communication in an environment free from distractions and stress of everyday life. Make the time to explore the important areas of your life with your spouse in a spirit of love and understanding.  Contact www.wwme.org for dates and registration information.

The Retrouvaille Weekend – A lifeline for Marriages
Husbands and wives who have drifted apart, or are being torn apart by terrible wounds or actions – discover, together, how to listen, communicate and forgive.  If you are one of many couples struggling to stay together or have even separated or divorced, but want to try again,  Retrouvaille can help. If you have the desire to try again, hold on to your family and build a stable loving marriage, reach out to  www. HelpOur Marriage.com  or call 1-800-470-2230