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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday 12 August at 8pmFor more details, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930.
  
 
On Monday 15 July, Michael and Harriet told us about 'The Ten Commandments of Listening' and 'How to be  a Good Quarreller'. It was part of a very helpful presentation on Communication and Conflict.

In June, Harold and Anne-Claire talked about how contemplating the different mysteries of the Rosary and praying it together regularly as a couple can strengthen married life. Eamon and Giselle talked about how, due to cultural differences, news of one's engagement can be received quite differently by each party's family. More generally, they observed that while cultural diversity is good, solid moral values (such as fidelity and fruitfulness) ought not to be compromised.
 
In May we began using a book on Marriage by Fr Arturo Cattaneo (Preparing for Marriage with Pope Francis). Thus each session features a short period where, availing of ideas in Fr Cattaneo's book, couples 'coach' each other on different aspects of Married Life
 
John and Bridie McCarthy gave us a very encouraging presentation on Fertility Awareness (NFP) on Wednesday 27 March. They enhanced their superb presentation with various tips about 'special dating nights' for spouses, and about family life together.
 
On Monday, 11 March Laura Giust gave a very nice presentation on the life of Chiara Corbella, a young mother of three who packed a lot of joy into a short life.
 
John and Jennifer Kehoe gave an excellent explanation of the four classic Temperaments and Married life on Monday, 11 February. 

We have been inspired by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of Love, in which the Holy Father highlights the importance of accompanying couples before and after Marriage.
 
Relationships Enrichment meets regularly, usually on Mondays, in the Upper Room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. We draw on the teaching of the Catholic Church, as well as on the help and advice of experienced married couples.
 
Our overall aim is to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to accompany engaged and married couples on their journey.
See, for example, the following points from Amoris Laetitia:
  • The complexity of today’s society and the challenges faced by the family require a greater effort on the part of the whole Christian community in preparing those who are about to be married (AL 206).
  • I encourage Christian communities to recognize the great benefit that they themselves receive from supporting engaged couples as they grow in love (AL 207).
  • ... the initial years of marriage are a vital and sensitive period during which couples become more aware of the challenges and meaning of married life. Consequently, pastoral accompaniment needs to go beyond the actual celebration of the sacrament. In this regard, experienced couples have an important role to play. The parish is a place where such experienced couples can help younger couples (AL 223).
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