September 17, 2017
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”
Marriage Enrichment Opportunities
Marriage is a sacrament, which means it is blessed by God and raised up to be an image of the love that Christ has for the Church. But even though marriage is thus blessed by God, it still requires effort to keep a good marriage good.
I want to recommend a few ways for married couples to continue investing in one another and their marriage.
- Date nights
Carve out time once a week or once a month to go on date nights. Get a babysitter, and spend some fun time as just the two of you. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day busyness and rushing around that it’s important to sometimes slow down and put a special emphasis on the most important person in your home: your spouse.
- Archdiocesan Marriage Conference
“Do you remember your marriage preparation retreat? Do you wish you did? Do you want more intimacy in your marriage? Do you want to learn how to communicate better, more effectively and with less conflict? Do you want to learn how to love and care for your spouse better? Would you like to invite God to a more central role in your marriage? We hope you are enjoying a beautiful marriage and want to help you maintain and improve it.
The Living God’s Love: The Sacrament of Marriage – Refresher Course for Married Couples will be Saturday, October 14th, from 9:00am-3:00pm at the University of St. Thomas. www.archspm.org/departments/marriage
- Marriage Encounter Weekend
“The emphasis of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life, to concentrate on each other. It’s not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It’s a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together. To rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention! Rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day! Rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married! Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive!”
The next Marriage Encounter weekends near us are: October 6-8 – In Buffalo, MN and November 17-19 – In Prior Lake. For more information, visit www.twincitieswwme.org
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke