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!