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Marriage planning: Church helps couples before and after vows

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Rita McDowell had only been director of the diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life for about five months when she got a 260-page memo from “the boss” in Rome on April 8.

The hefty document was Pope Francis’ exhortation, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (“The Joy of Love”) on Love in the Family,” in which he addressed how church programs can prepare engaged couples for family life. Read more »

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

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

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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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Bishop names Stankewicz to direct Religious Education office

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Bishop Malooly announced Nov. 2 that he is appointing Michael J. Stankewicz director of the Office for Religious Education as of Jan. 2, 2012.

Stankewicz, who will remain director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life, succeeds Edmund F. Gordon, who has served nearly 30 years in religious education.

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