First Living in Love Scheduled for Trenton
Thanks to the passionate enthusiasm of Anne and John Brunetti and Maria and Robert Dolan the first Living in Love retreat in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey is scheduled to take place at St Veronica’s Catholic Church in Howell on 25-26 June 2011. Brunetti’s and Dolan’s experienced Living in Love in Camden and Philadelphia in February and November respectfully and immediately approached Peg Hensler of the Diocesan Office of Family Life with a sense of urgency and purpose.
Peg has been great in promoting the weekend throughout the diocese, providing diocesan resources to print and distribute advertising , and covering the cost of the Saturday night dinner. Many Priests and Deacons (with their wives) have been especially encouraged to participate along with parishioners at St Veronica’s in this kickoff event for the diocese. It is not too late to register; so, please, tell everyone you know in central New Jersey about this great opportunity.
Trenton joins two other dioceses in New Jersey promoting Living in Love and Preparing to Live in Love. Couples in Metuchen and Camden who have already experienced Living in Love can help make this a successful beginning by encouraging their friends and relatives in Trenton to sign up for the weekend, come to help out with the Saturday night dinner, and pray for everyone presenting or participating .
St Charles Borromeo Hosts a Powerhouse Living in Love
Nathan and Tonya Riggins
presenting at St Charles Borromeo
Great couples! Great facility! Great weekend! St Charles Borromeo parish in Sicklerville, NJ hosted Living in Love over the weekend of 14-15 May. For the first time in the Camden Diocese, one of the presenting couples, Dick and Marie Schmitt, were members of the hosting parish. Thanks to Dick and Marie, a systematic publicity campaign over the last four months brought out an enthusiastic parish response. Msgr James Tracy and the entire parish staff stood solidly behind this initiative and generously supported all aspects of the event. Fr Vincent Orum A.J. personally participated in most of the Saturday presentations and Fr John Rossi joined the weekend for dinner.
John and Christy Vasquez
presenting at St Charles Borromeo
John and Christy Vasquez of Old Saint Joseph parish in Philadelphia joined the team at the last minute and earned a spontaneous round of applause following their sharings in the Trust talk. Poignant and rowdy moments abounded only to culminate in the final prayer of thanksgiving, but the Living in Love talk provided it’s own signature event when the Team mentioned that skin-to-skin was Fr Chuck’s idea and the oldest husband in the group chirped out loud, “I love Chuck Gallagher!” and another husband suggested we make up bumper stickers to that effect so that when people ask , “Who’s Chuck Gallagher?” we can tell them about the weekend.
Beginning in June, Dick and Marie Schmitt will be leading a Friday night follow-up group and Ron and Kathy Feher will be leading a Tuesday night group. Anyone who has made Living in Love elsewhere in Camden is also welcome to participate in either of these Living in Love Every Day groups. Please, contact the PMRC at 610-640-4105 or PMRCusa@msn.com
Living in Love Weekend Participants
St Charles Borromeo
Teen Program Needs Photos
The new fundamentals of relationship course for teens, Matrimony – an invitation to Live in Love was developed and field tested over the last 9 months. It is available for additional field testing; however, it is our intent to replace many of the current graphics with appropriate photos of happy teenagers in group settings having fun. If you would be willing to share some of your family photos and allow them to be used in the Matrimony Student Workbook it would help us to keep down the cost of production by not having to purchase stock photography. Please, send photos to the PMRC at PO Box 2304, Southeastern, PA 19399 or email digital photos to PMRCusa@msn.com
. If we are able to use your photos, we will request photo release documentation before including them in our printed materials. Any help you can provide will make this extraordinary program even better.
You are Invited to join the many Priests, Deacons and Lay Leaders from across the U.S. and abroad who share your passion for Marriage and Family Life! On August 3-6, 2011, the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) in partnership with the USCCB Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth are hosting an incredible international conference where you will be able to learn from top leaders in the field of marriage and family research, enrichment, education and spirituality!
Details are on the NACFLM.org website. Consider becoming a member of NACFLM, if you are not already, and help us to continue to advocate for and lead in Catholic ministry to Marriage and Family Life. Membership includes conference discount.