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Introducing Catholic Couples Network

Put your hands together for another Family Renewal Project ministry coming January 10, 2020!

The Catholic Couples Network is designed to support Catholic couples in their marriages by providing community, spiritual formation, and fertility resources.

Marriage is a beautiful and challenging vocation that calls us out of ourselves and compels us to serve our spouses.  In holy matrimony, we enter into a covenant that mirrors God’s unconditional covenant with His people. And as affirmed in Romans 8:38-39, in this covenant, “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  So it is with our love for one another.  We CHOOSE each other, day after day, in small matters and in big.  And this commitment becomes a sign of God’s love for us and for all who witness our marriages and families.

Sadly, holy matrimony today is threatened by a culture that widely accepts co-habitation, contraception, pornography, and abortion.  Catholic couples need a safe-haven to support them in their holy pursuits.

This is where the Catholic Couples Network comes in.

First and foremost, this group provides opportunities for couples to meet others who share their Catholic values and to build friendships based on common experiences and challenges.  It is a place where couples can be who they are, without feeling like they need to hide their faith or their struggles.  It is our hope that this place of comfort and encouragement will foster growth for couples who participate.

Of course, this ministry will also provide spiritual support, meeting couples where they are and walking with them on their journey to holiness.   This support will take the form of priestly guidance, prayer, and sacramental celebration. We will also dedicate time to deepening our understanding of Theology of the Body: Pope Saint John Paul II’s beautiful vision of the human person that illuminates the beauty of our bodies as gifts to our spouses.

Finally, the Catholic Couples Network will offer fertility resources for married and engaged couples. Katie Parris, FertilityCare Practitioner of the Creighton Model System, and Angela Hobbs, Student Teacher of the Marquette Method, are both members of the group who can offer instruction in these fertility awareness practices. We will also have guest speakers to provide information on NaProTECHNOLOGY for those who may struggle with fertility.

As Pope Francis said in Amoris Laetitia, “The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.”  As such, it is essential that the Church support Her couples and help them develop in their commitments to their vows and their Catholic values. The Catholic Couples Network is born out of this need and hopes to achieve that goal by providing married and engaged couples with the community and the tools they need to thrive.

To register for January 10th event (which will focus on prayer, with a guest appearance from FRP chaplain Fr. Martin Linebach) please visit: https://www.familyrenewalproject.com/event/couples-night-with-catholic-couples-network/. While you’re there, follow us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to connect with other couples and stay up to date on all of our upcoming events!

Give your “yes” to your spouse and your “yes” to God’s call to strengthen your marriage!

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The Philosopher’s Underground: A 4-Part Series

Discover Your Story with FRP’s latest series: The Philosopher’s Underground!

While philosophy may seem ethereal and unnecessary, it really is the opposite. Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom, of understanding. It seeks truth and meaning.  What’s more interesting than that?

Consider philosophy the foundation on which our understanding of our present world was built (think: underground!). The Philosopher’s Underground series will provide practical ways to understand and apply key philosophical principles…because we can’t understand our faith, our world, or even who we are meant to be without them!

The Philosopher’s Underground aims to engage young adults (20’s and 30’s) asking the deeper questions about life and it’s meaning. Our hope is that the content in this series will empower everyone who attends to live a more intentional life. How will you live the story you were made for?

The first session starts THIS Wednesday, November 14. It will be in conjunction with Louisville Young Catholic’s monthly Pub Night from 7:00-8:30pm at Saints Bar in St. Matthews.

All other sessions will be at the Patterson Education Center/Museum across from the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville (also from 7:00-8:30pm). Mark the rest of the dates on your calendar HERE!

Check out our event page on Facebook for more information and updates as this series kicks off!

Interested in attending, but still have a few questions? Shoot us a message: info@familyrenewalproject.com.
We hope to see you there! 
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Wine & Wonder

We recently ended the very first session of our Women’s Book Group, Wine & Wonder.

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Led by Aileen Delgado, the ladies met every other Tuesday night to discuss “The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church,” by Monica Miller. We were thrilled with the attendance and discussion! 

If you haven’t read the book, expect (1) to explore how women “exemplify the reality of the Church in relation to Christ and the ministerial priesthood*” and (2) a theological response to modern feminism and claims of gender irrelevance.

Of course, we recommend this book to every lady, starting as early as senior year of high school or freshman year of college. “I feel that it would be good for young women to learn about their feminine authority in the Catholic church early, but I also feel for women who are older it is never too late for them to learn and share that knowledge with others,” Aileen says.

“This book presents amazing view points that if we take the time to ponder on them, we could grow a little deeper in our faith.” Our prayer is that FRP can provide a space–through all of our programming– for men and women to grow deeper in their faith. All books chosen for our discussion groups will reflect this mission!

Wine & Wonder is a great way to get connected with women in your faith community. Regardless of which Parish you attend, we hope you’ll join us for our next session in the fall.

And even if reading isn’t your thing, stay up to date with all our events by subscribing to our email list (here)or by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Have a suggestion for our next book? Let us know! We’ll bring the wine!

– Haley

 

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All in-person events canceled in April & May.

Virtual therapy services are available: please see our Psychological Services page!