March 8, 2015
May 3, 2015
August 30, 2015
Marriage Preparation Team
St. Margaret and St. George Churches
“To provide a variety of key tools to insure a healthy, God-centered committed partnership in marriage.”
Marriage is hard work and success encompasses many traits—God, communication, compromise, patience, trust, intimacy, sacrifice, sense of humor, as well as many others.
Through short presentations and small-group discussions, the Marriage Preparation Team shares its experiences with engaged couples in many topics “to provide couples with a variety of key tools to insure a healthy, God-centered committed partnership in marriage.” These tools are meant to bring couples closer together, closer to God, and to assist them in overcoming future obstacles.
Some of our discussion topics:
• Family of Origin
• Sacramental Marriage
• Intimacy and Natural Family Planning
• Conflict Resolution
All individuals with a marital history welcomed
Any individual who has ever been married, including newly married couples, has unique experiences to share. No marriage is perfect, and that’s what the team tries to convey to our participants. Only through dedication to our marriages, we overcome the difficult times and the struggles to emerge as “one flesh”—stronger and more committed to each other and to God.
• Engaged couples workshops are held three Sundays a year (1 PM to 6 PM)—attend one or all
• Workshop dates: March, May, and August
• Participate as a presenter or host facilitator, who is responsible for opening dialogue between couples and among couples and presenters
• Assist in set up or clean up
• Assist in food/snack preparation
Our workshops begin promptly at 1 PM and conclude at 6 PM. They are held at the St. Margaret Parish Center at 39 Academy Street, Madison (not the Church basement). Team members, please arrive at Noon.
Suggested Readings and Resources
“Family Life Office. Archdioceses of Hartford”: http://www.hartfordflo.org/
Should We Marry by Joseph M. Champlin. Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana. 2001.
Marriage: a Spiritual Journey by Kathy Keskin. Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic Connecticut. 2002.
The Nest Newlywed Handbook: An Owner’s Manual for Modern Married Life. Carley Roney. Clarkson Potter. October 2, 2006.
5 Things Women Need to Know about Men. Allen Hunt. Free CD available at http://dynamiccatholic.com