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Concerning families: Parish groups discuss family life in anticipation of pope’s visit to Philly


For The Dialog


BETHANY BEACH — Pope Francis’ focus on family life has struck a chord with parishioners of St. Ann Parish in Bethany Beach.

Study groups there are poring over the final report of the October 2014 World Synod of Bishops on the family with hopes of preparing a document of their own to be sent to Bishop Malooly and to leaders of a second synod, building upon the first, this coming fall.

Like those at the October synod, people attending St. Ann’s study sessions have strongly held and often differing views involving issues affecting family life today, Roach said.

“The church is really involved in a time of discernment about the family and pastoral care for the family,” said Molly Roach, director of religious education at St. Ann. “People want to talk about this. They are really concerned about what is going on with the family in the church.” Read more »

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Women’s Conference planned for Nov. 1 at St. Joseph’s Middletown


The Diocese of Wilmington is holding a Women’s Conference Nov. 1 at St. Joseph Parish in Middletown.

The day, sponsored through the Office for Marriage and Family Life, will feature Johnnette Benkovic, president and founder of Women of Grace, who is an author, retreat director and speaker. Nancy Burke, director of the Marriage and Family Life office, said the day’s theme will be from the diocese’s patron, St. Francis de Sales, “Be who you are and be that well.” Read more »

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Speakers urge Americans to promote love and truth at March for Marriage


Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Political and religious leaders encouraged Americans to promote traditional marriage with truth and love at the second annual March for Marriage.

Referencing the passage from the Gospel of Matthew, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, encouraged march participants June 19 to spread the message of the Gospel with love. Read more »

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Federal judge halts same-sex marriages in Wisconsin during appeal


MADISON, Wis. (CNS) — A federal judge halted same-sex marriages in Wisconsin while an appeal of her decision to strike down as unconstitutional the state’s ban on such marriages is pending.

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb stopped same-sex marriages in the state a week after her initial ruling June 6. About 500 couples had wed during the period after she allowed county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Her order did not address whether the marriages were valid. Read more »

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Have these conversations before your wedding




As a dating or engaged couple, conversation probably comes easily. The two of you enjoy talking about just anything. Just about anything that is, except ugly disagreements. Read more »

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Here’s how to prepare for your Catholic wedding at a parish in the Diocese of Wilmington


By Nancy Burke


Engaged couples marrying in the Diocese of Wilmington participate in a formal process to prepare for Christian marriage and family life.

Because Christian marriage is a sacrament and a holy vocation, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. Marriage preparation programs help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. Read more »

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The theories of marriage evolution

May 4th, 2014 Posted in Marriage and Family




U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


The psychologist Paul Tournier once said, “I’ve been married six times, all to the same woman.”

Tournier explained that he never got divorced, but rather his marriage transitioned from one stage to another.

All healthy marriages experience change and transition. That’s what keeps them alive and growing. Some of the stages of growth are predictable, others are not.
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Some tips on how to plan for your Catholic wedding

May 3rd, 2014 Posted in Marriage and Family


Many engaged couples handle a lot of their own wedding planning. When at least one of the individuals is Catholic this can include making arrangements to be married in a Catholic church. This is a significant decision. It means more than just choosing an appropriate and picturesque setting for the ceremony and the photos.

You’re trying to make your wedding a meaningful and memorable experience and, most of all, to express in a clear and beautiful way the hopes you have for your married life. How can you achieve these goals in the celebration of your wedding? Here are three general suggestions. Read more »

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The best wedding gifts you can give the bride and groom


It’s wedding season, and clergy are tweaking and tuning their homilies. Most preachers will remind newlyweds about Christ’s promise to remain with them throughout the ups and downs of marriage. Many will also remind the guests about their responsibility to support the bride and groom, especially during the critical early years of their marriage.

Perhaps you’ve heard this challenge yourself. As a family member or friend, you may have wondered how you can offer personal support to the couple. What practical things can you do to affirm their marriage as both a natural gift from the Creator and a supernatural blessing? How can you encourage them to develop the skills and behaviors necessary for a holy and happy union? Read more »

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Pope’s morning homily: Have sympathy for couples whose marriages fail


VATICAN CITY — Those who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God’s love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis gives the homily while celebrating a recent morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse at the Vatican . (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

“See how beautiful this love is, how beautiful marriage is, how beautiful the family is and how much love and closeness we must have for our brothers and sisters who have experienced the calamity of a failure in love,” the pope said Feb. 28 at his morning Mass.

In the day’s Gospel reading, Mark 10:1-12, Jesus tells his disciples that “what God has joined together, no human being must separate,” and that divorcing a spouse and marrying another is committing adultery.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis’ homily focused on marriage as part of God’s plan for man and woman and as a reflection of God’s faithful love. He repeated the Gospel passage, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

But, the pope said, “when this love fails, because many times it fails, we must feel the pain of the failure and accompany those who have failed in their love, Not condemn them. Walk alongside them.”

In the excerpts broadcast by Vatican Radio, Pope Francis did not mention the discussion about the family and the pastoral care of divorced Catholics that he had Feb. 20-21 with members of the College of Cardinals.


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