Entries by Susan Heider

The One Necessary Thing

By Bob Ovies The American Bishops issued their Pastoral Letter on Marriage for reasons marriage ministers are all familiar with. Marriage, whether sacramental or civil, is the choice of a shrinking percentage of couples who decide to express their love for one another by living together in an intimate committed relationship. And among those couples […]

Prayer Ministry With the Engaged

By Steve & Kathy Beirne Our prayer ministry for engaged couples began about ten years ago when we started providing the UNITAS program in our parish. That program runs for seven weeks. Our intent was to involve as many parishioners as possible in preparing couples for their marriage, so that it would be apparent that […]

TRAIL MAP TIPS FOR STEPFAMILY SUCCESS

1. Understand two critical realities. Making a stepfamily work well is a process. It also takes time. 2. Take time to live alone as a single after divorce or the death of a partner. Develop and maintain a solid network of family and friends. Start school, move into a new job, or do whatever it […]

Strengthening Marriages – A Pastor’s Perspective

By Fr. Britto M. Berchmans Even though I have been a happy celibate priest for the last twenty-eight years, I consider myself a hopeless romantic. I am convinced that marriages are made in heaven. Every time I meet a couple that still has the spark after several decades of marriage, I feel vindicated in my […]