Jack and Cathy Coulter renew their vows after 32 years of marriage and have their new wedding bands blessed by Father Jim Grogan Feb. 12 in St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel. Father Grogan, pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, led a retreat on marriage during National Marriage Week. Dubravka Kolumbic-Cortese photos
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 ... Thursday, February 22, 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.
Ahead of the Church’s observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Sunday (Feb. 11), the Diocese of Trenton is introducing three new initiatives to promote the Sacrament of Marriage in parishes and cohorts.
The programs will include three-minute pulpit talks by married couples, lawn signs proclaiming the sanctity of Catholic marriage and creation of parish core teams to conduct marriage ministry.
Whether they know it or not, married couples today need lots of prayer to live their vocation well. They always have, but perhaps today they may need it more than ever. Three recently published books approach this need in rather different ways. More ... Thursday, January 4, 2018