“The Three Keys”

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes “If you are too busy to love, you are too busy to live; if you are too busy to live, you are too busy to love.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo There are three key phrases your spouse really needs to hear on a consistent basis in order to feel really … Continue reading “The Three Keys”

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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

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!

“Every Trait a Person Has Becomes Magnified in Marriage”

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna: When Derrick and I started dating, got engaged and finally, got married, I thought Derrick was my knight in shining armor. He daily total me how “perfect” he was and I naively believed him. I believed him simply because, he was perfect, for me and to me! He … Continue reading “Every Trait a Person Has Becomes Magnified in 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”

“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”

“Marriage Matters: Our Search for Right Relationship”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling It’s that time of year when again Ordinary Time makes a short appearance in our lives . . . and I always love it when we hear Matthew’s gospel like we are doing this cycle. The Beatitudes are always one of the very first readings we hear; fitting since they are … Continue reading “Marriage Matters: Our Search for Right Relationship”

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend – February 11-12, 2017

“Marriage Encounter has a way of making sure that marriage is raised to the dignity it deserves.” – Archbishop Joseph Kurtz Do you want to make your marriage stronger? Would you like to spend an uninterrupted weekend with your spouse delving deeply into the wonderful commitment you made with each other in marriage? Worldwide Marriage … Continue reading Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend – February 11-12, 2017

“The Hardest Thing About Not Having Sex Before Marriage Wasn’t What I Expected”

Thanks as always to the ever wise brother-deacon Greg Kandra on putting us on to an enlightening, frank and ultimately beautiful testimony which I think is actually far more common that most folks believe - waiting until after marriage to have sex. While society tends to be "puzzled" by such behavior (and I'm being very kind in … Continue reading “The Hardest Thing About Not Having Sex Before Marriage Wasn’t What I Expected”