Lori and Mike McCahill give a witness testimony on marriage in St. Benedict Church, Holmdel, Feb. 11, World Marriage Sunday. Those who work in marriage ministry are quick to say that supporting the vocation is a year-round calling. Carly York photo
The month of February may be in the rearview mirror, but those who work in marriage ministry agree that World Marriage Sunday and National Marriage Week – both of which fall during the second week of February – simply call attention to the importance of supporting the vocation all through the year.
“Marriage is a vocational call to service,” said parish marriage ministry coordinator Lori McCahill and her husband, Mike, who recently gave a testimony talk in St. Benedict Church, Holmdel.
Married couples who participated in a retreat Feb. 12 in St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, were treated to a blend of music and Scripture courtesy of Father Jim Grogan, pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, who also shared his own experience with married life.
The retreat was held during National Marriage Week, (Feb. 7-14) and the day after World Marriage Sunday (Feb. 11), and included Father Grogan’s advice on living out one’s Baptism in married life. More ... Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Sometimes parents’ dreams for their children don’t turn out the way they anticipated – and that might actually be a good thing.
Such was the message of a talk by Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar for Catholic education, who spoke Feb. 1 to parents of students in St. Paul School, Princeton. Coming at the tail end of Catholic Schools Week, the talk was the first of a speaker series initiated by the school’s Catholic Identity Committee.
More than a dozen couples gathered in St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell, to celebrate milestone wedding anniversaries with a special Mass and reception Feb. 10. The annual tradition occurred during National Marriage Week and on the eve of National Marriage Day.
In his continuing effort to strengthen marriages, Father Jim Grogan, pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, has introduced a “Year of Marriage” for the 2018 liturgical year that is being celebrated with events that embrace the fullness of God in marriage.
“We are looking to transform our parish to be a place where the celebration of marriage as a Sacrament is something that excites families – long before anyone is actually getting a ring, and long after you have said ‘I do!’” he explained.