“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”

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“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”

“Sex Is Kind Of Like The Nourishing Food of Marriage”

Ryan Williams has an excellent article over at Aleteia.org which discusses in a beautiful, Catholic manner, what we really believe about sex and marital intimacy. His premise, he states, is: Marriage counselors routinely encourage couples to focus on what they do out of the bedroom in order to strengthen what they do in the bedroom. … Continue reading “Sex Is Kind Of Like The Nourishing Food of Marriage”

“In Praise of Natural Family Planning” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

One of the greatest joys of being the Director of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese is the ability to connect with so many couples on the road to marriage. It is an awesome responsibility that I take very seriously as we try and help those who are about to make the biggest decision of their … Continue reading “In Praise of Natural Family Planning” by Deacon Stephen Bowling

Making Choices: Honey, Let’s Build an Ark (or, You Want to Do What?) By Steve and Kathy Beirne

If you are watching some of the many home repair shows on HGTV, you’re not alone! Home design shows are very popular, and an important element of them involves marital decision–making. Does the couple want a city or country location?  What is on their wish list and how important is it? In one show, a … Continue reading Making Choices: Honey, Let’s Build an Ark (or, You Want to Do What?) By Steve and Kathy Beirne