Marriage & Family Life Committee

The Marriage and Family Life Committee at St. Mary evolved from a parish self study and a Strategic / Core Group Planning Session in January 2009. An invitation for interested couples to join the committee resulted in an initial meeting in February 2009. The committee has countinued to meet on a regular basis. The mission of the committee is to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony, provide enrichment opportunities, share information and resources about marriage in group settings and through the parish bulletin and website, and to schedule activities that encourage interaction between couples at the parish.

Facilitator: Dcn. Frank Sullivan


Committee Coordinated Activities:
– World Marriage Day Celebration
– Marriage Resource Information
– Financial Peace University
– Movie Nights – with movies & popcorn
– Speaker Nights – on a variety of topics
– Christian Family Movement
– Marriage Enrichments
– Dinner Dance, Potluck’s, and Picnics
– Anniversary Cards
– Bulletin Inserts
– Small Sharing Groups

Marriage & Family Life Office
Provides a multitude of resources to enhance marriages, parenting, family life, and family spirituality. The Marriage & Family Life Office seeks to affirm families and respond to their needs. They also provide a contact point for information about the following ministries:

Dicesan-based Pre-Cana
Provides one-day experiences to fulfill marriage requirement. Held several times each year throughout the Diocese.

Engaged Encounter
A weekend marriage preparation program for couples who are committed to building a deep and long-lasting martial relationship. It is an opprotunity to share feelings, hopes, fears, joys, and frustrations. This is an alternative to parish or diocesan-based Pre-Cana.

Marriage Encounter
A weekend enrichment for any couple who desires a richer, fuller life together, help[ing to make their good marriage great. It encourages an examination of a couples life togehter while sharing their feelings, hopes, disappointments, joys, and frustrations. It enhances communications with a technique that helps couples share their feelings. Marriage Encounter weekends are offered five times a year.

This program helps couples in troubled marriages through their disillusionemnt. This weekend experience helps heal the hurt and pain of falling out of love. Weekends are held several times a year.

Natural Family Planning
Coordinated by the diocesan Marriage & Family Life Office, this program provides instruction that teaches the natural methods of fertility awareness. Small group classes are offered throughout the year, as well as online options.

USCCB – For Your Marriage
Provides ongoing support and enrichment for your marriage with updated resources and suggestions for enhancing your sacramental marriage.