Family Life

Marriage Encounter Weekends

Make your good marriage warmer and happier with a Marriage Encounter Weekend! You can visit the Marriage Encounter Weekend web site at http://section6.wwme.org/ and www.esharing.org for the local web site. 

You've discovered a great site that can help married couples turn a good (or even ho-hum or boring) marriage into a GREAT marriage! The emphasis of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a marriage enrichment program, 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! To find the schedule of upcoming weekends visit http://section6.wwme.org/calendar/2014-03

Marriage Retrouvaille for Couples

If your marriage is hurting in any way - injured, grown cold, distant, unloving, or uncaring - then consider participating in the Marriage Retrouvaille (French for "rediscovery") process. Couples who are experiencing difficulties in communication, or even considering divorce, begin with a weekend retreat to renew and heal. For more information, check the bulletin and go the Retrouvaille website: www.retrouvaille.org or call the Parish Office at 342-8861.

Nursery

A nursery facility for newborns through 3 years is not available at this time. New volunteers are always welcome! For more information, call the Parish Office at 342-8861.

Respect Life (Need a replacement coordinator. To volunteer contact Father Ed at 342-8861)

Respect life is rooted in the belief that: "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end." (From the Catechism of the Catholic Church). We keep up with the Archdiocesan Family Office for information and activities (www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/family-life/respect-life ) for Parish participation efforts. Additional information can be found at www.usccb.org/prolife/pastoralplan.shtml . For additional information or to volunteer call Father John at 342-8861.

Schoenstatt Family Movement

We pray the Rosary, promote expansion of the Pilgrim MTA (Mother Thrice Admirable) devotion and study the teachings of Father Joseph Kentenich. This activity is done to seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother Thrice Admirable, to save the world as we join together with others throughout the world to pray the rosary. Our mission is to aquaint many people with the MTA and draw them to the Schoenstatt spiritulaity. This helps us to grow spiritually with Mother Mary's help as she brings us closer to her child, Jesus Christ. This movement involves daily personal and family devotion. For more information contact Francie Callahan at 390-1428 or E-mail at FrancieCallahan@gmail.com . Additional information can also be found by visiting http://www.schoenstatt.org/en/

Divorce Care

The mission of Divorce Care is to promote healing and understanding in separated and divoced people. This program includes a 13 week series of video lectures about separation and divorce. A support group is formed as discussion follows the videos, which feature foremost Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics from a Biblical perspective. People who are separated and divorced often feel alienated from church, friends and family. This video seminar and support group helps them understand their situationbetter, and it promotes healing. Meetings are on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 for 13 weeks from June through August.

For more information contact Mary Caputo at 342-8861 or E-mail at mary.caputo@bizwoh.rr.com.  

Beginning Experience

The Beginning Experience is a grief recovery weekend serving those who have lost a relationship due to death of a spouse, divorce or separation. It is designed to be a time of closure on the past and renewed hope for the future. Those who come should be beyond the initial feelings of anger and despair which usually follow the loss of a loved one. They should be at the point of wanting a new beginning and ready to work to make that desire a reality.

The Beginning Experience International governing body's website can be found here www.beginningexperience.org and the local website is here www.beginningexperiencecincinnati.webs.com .

For more information please contact Sara Cossel at 513.684.1196 or BECincinnati@fuse.net for more information.

Annulments

An Annulment is the Catholic Church's declaration that a marriage in the Church was not "valid." The teaching and theology on this subject is extremely complex. It is important to know what an annulment does and does not do. An annulment does not:

• declare that two people never loved each other • declare that two people were never married • declare that children are illegitimate

An annulment does: • help you to better understand why you did marry and why that reason may not have been strong enough to sustain a lifelong commitment • help you experience the grace of God as you heal from the pain of divorce • help you regain hope and joy for the future

Please contact Mary Caputo for more information about annulments at 342-8861 extension 12 or Fr. John at 342-8861, extension 21. You can also visit the Archdiocese web site at http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/tribunal .