How Daily Deciding To Love My Spouse Can Change My Marriage

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna: Derrick and I know that marriage is hard and really requires a daily decision to love each other, even when you don’t feel like it! Choosing to love your spouse, even when they aren’t lovable, often means making small sacrifices for them and for your marriage. This daily … Continue reading How Daily Deciding To Love My Spouse Can Change My Marriage


“What Is Marriage Anyway?”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling As I travel around the Archdiocese training married couples in our new “Companion Couple” marriage preparation program Joined By Grace, I find myself constantly reflecting on the joys and virtues of marriage, especially as the dozens upon dozens of couples I have worked with so far share their stories with me.  … Continue reading “What Is Marriage Anyway?”

Be “The King” in Your Marriage!

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Being "the King" at our house means completely and totally forgiving someone for the wrong they have done to you.” Derrick: As Catholics, we view marriage as a sacred sacrament and a covenant with God. Since, I’m a Deacon in the Catholic Church, I have the honor of witnessing … Continue reading Be “The King” in Your Marriage!

“Life After The Wedding”

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Over the last several months, if not years, you have been focused entirely on planning your special day. Catering decisions, wedding party selections, venue choices, and decisions about flowers, bridesmaids dresses, and tuxedoes have finally all been made. Hopefully, the Bride even got to say “yes” to her perfect dress. So, there literally has been no detail too small that you and the love of your life have not anguished over and spent countless hours reviewing, and tailoring … Continue reading “Life After The Wedding”

“Sitting At The Feet Of Socrates”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling At this time of the year when going back to school is on the mind of so many, I can’t help but wonder how many folks see learning as something that belongs only in the classroom. One of my fondest memories as a child was of listening to an adult whom … Continue reading “Sitting At The Feet Of Socrates”

“Building Your Financial Foundation Workshop For Newly Married Couples” – October 7th and 28th, 2017

The Family Ministries Office is proud to announce the first of its many upcoming programs designed to assist and accompany couples in the critical first few years of marriage! Did you know that many of the critical issues facing newly married couples today have their roots in financial areas?  Come and join other couples in their first 5 years … Continue reading “Building Your Financial Foundation Workshop For Newly Married Couples” – October 7th and 28th, 2017

“Saving Your Best for Your Spouse”

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna and I have been together in our lives, between dating and marriage, more than we have been apart.  And I would love to tell you that we are the perfect couple, never fighting, always in perfect harmony and lock step in the way we see that things need … Continue reading “Saving Your Best for Your Spouse”

“Motherhood Is . . .”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling In the liner notes of his 1975 album “Windsong”, the late John Denver wrote about how he had tried to record the sound of the wind in order to incorporate it into the album which carried its name, but for some reason, he “could never capture the sound on tape so … Continue reading “Motherhood Is . . .”