Living in Love Every Day Graduations in Camden and Philadelphia
Recent Graduation and Commissioning celebrations for couples completing Living in Love Every Day in the Dioceses of Camden NJ and Philadelphia PA have been joyful and poignant affairs marking another milestone in the life-changing journey of couples who have experienced the Living in Love Retreat Workshop.
In New Jersey, Dick and Marie Schmitt hosted a graduation for those who completed Living in Love Everyday after the Living in Love weekend at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Sicklerville back in May 2011. Fr Vince Orum (pictured below) and pastor Fr. Mike Matveenko of St Charles Borromeo joined in the festivities along with a number of previous graduates who came to share their experience of mentoring with the new mentors.
Mary and Larry Pursell, Joanne and Mark Miniconzi, Fr Vince Orum, Maureen and Dennis Zisa, Kathy and Ron Feher, Walt and Min Deery, Liz Scarpa, and Dick Schmitt, Tom and Jayne Avery (Absent), Bob Scarpa and Marie Schmitt (missing from picture)
Having Fr Vince Orum bless each of the couples as they were commissioned to spend their sacramental love in service to the parish was a special treat. Fr Vince personally attended most of Saturday of Living in Love and even a session of Living in Love Every Day.
Fr Vincent Orum, Associate Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Sicklerville, NJ blesses Mary and Larry Pursell as they ask to be commissioned as Mentors for the parish
In Pennsylvania, congratulations to Matt and Mary Ann DeAngelo (St. Anastasia, Newtown Square), Marc and Susan Barbella (St. Thomas of Villanova), Ken and Judi Neeld (St. Patrick’s, Malvern), and John and Neena Ghose (Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill) who completed Living in Love Every Day on June 12, 2011. Bob and Ruth Arata were the mentor trainers. Matt and Mary Ann have already begun mentoring their first engaged couple. These four couples truly know and embody the power behind the grace of ambition as they continue to enthusiastically witness to the sacrament of Matrimony in their families and parishes.
Marc and Susan Barbella, Ken and Judi Neeld, John and Neena Ghose, Matt and Mary Ann DeAngelo, Bob and Ruth Arata
South Africa Wants Living in Love – Airfare Anyone?
When Fr Mickey Genovese OSA recently traveled to South Africa, he met and talked with Sadha and Kogie Devan, local co ordinators for Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Kwazulu Natal South Africa. Since then, the Devan’s and Feher’s have exchanged emails to explore the possibility of bringing Living in Love to South Africa. It reminds us of the early days of Marriage Encounter when faced with the reality of exporting the weekend to Australia and later 56 countries around the world. In order to send presenting couples overseas, we needed to raise money, and so couples were asked to “double their pleasure” and cover the cost of their own weekend plus enough for someone else. Neither we nor the Devan’s have the financial resources to make this happen, but the desire is there and we pray that the Holy Spirit will intervene and move those who have a heart for evangelization to make a targeted donation toward airfare to send a lead team to Natal. We estimate the travel cost to be $3000 for one couple. If you are willing to help support this outreach, please make your pledge by emailing PMRCusa@msn.com
or calling 610-640-4105.
Recruiting Push For October Weekends!
St Paul’s Catholic Church in Houston will be the site of the first Living in Love retreat workshop in the great state of Texas, and we are excited about the possibilities. Located in Nassau Bay, adjacent to the Johnson Space Center, St Paul’s is a large, active parish and a great place to begin. Heidi Clark, the parish staff person for life-long faitThe three Living in Love weekends scheduled for 15-16 October have been recruiting but we are anxious to double the number of couples currently signed up. Now is the time to mention the weekend again to those couples whose names you wrote down in your Journal on Sunday afternoon of your weekend. Couples in the Delaware Valley can choose between St Thomas of Villanova and St Rita in Bellmawr, NJ. Couples in the Ann Arbor or Detroit areas of Michigan can register for Our Lady of Good Council in Plymouth.
Additional weekends are scheduled for St Charles Borromeo in Sicklerville, NJ on 12-13 November and Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI on 5-6 November.
Anyone with friends or relatives in the Houston, TX metropolitan area, it’s not too early to alert them to the opportunity to experience Living in Love on 5-6 November at St Paul’s Catholic Church.
Register online at www.livinginlove.org
Recent Articles in Camden Paper Highlight Mentoring experience!
Two articles appearing in the 23 September issue of the Catholic Star Herald, Diocese of Camden, NJ. captured the excitement and enthusiasm of both mentor couples and engaged couples who have experienced Preparing to Live in Love.
One article featured Meghan and Drew Silich who were married in 2010 and commented, “ We thought we knew each other, but through the homework and discussions, stuff came out that was eye-opening. What we learned at one session “marinated” over the week between sessions and we grew from it as a couple.” Meghan added, “ I had no idea that marriage was a vocation and that our “job” was to love each other. That was new to me. Drew went to Catholic school and kind of knew that , but now we both have that vision for our marriage.”
Drew and Meghan Silich
A second article featured two mentor couples who experienced Living in Love, Living in Love Every Day and have mentored their first engaged couple, all within the last 10 months. David and Catherine Earp talked about their decision to mentor saying, “After the weekend, we decided to continue the eight session small group ‘Living in Love Every Day’ which is also the training for becoming a mentor. Mentoring sounded like a great idea, but for someone else. It wasn’t until the end of the course that we felt confident in sharing this material with engaged couples. Now we are looking forward to our next opportunity to mentor an engaged couple!”
David and Catherine Earp and Family
Christ the King, Haddonfield, NJ
Kent and Nancy Van Amburg attended Living in Love hoping to meet people who shared their belief in strong marriages, and they saw the small group sessions of Living in Love Every day as a way to build a small faith community in their parish. “We had a blast! We all hated to see it end. Every session built on the weekend and gave us practical tools. We loved it,” said Nancy. With regard to mentoring, Kent added, “I think we helped the engaged couple see a different side of the church – the human side – along with the importance of faith. In a way, we mentors are ‘marriage missionaries’ in a world where marriage is under attack. We are here to uphold the sanctity of the sacrament of marriage and to let that be known in the world.”
Nancy and Kent Van Amburg
Church of the Incarnation, Mantua, NJ
Thanks to Mary Ann Chezik who interviewed the couples and wrote the articles. She did a fantastic job! If you would like to read the articles in their entirety, please follow this link:
Camden Star Herald Articles 23 Sep
Annual Fundraising Coming in October!
Everyone can be a part of the mission to marriage simply by supporting Living in Love through the Pastoral and matrimonial Renewal Center (PMRC). All our programs are made available at significantly discounted cost so that every couple may participate. Whenever finances are an issue, we offer full and partial scholarships upon request so that no one will ever be able to say, “We could not afford to go.”
Every couple deserves the opportunity to live in love as a gift from the church, but the only way we can do so is to ask those who have already benefited to make a financial contribution to the PMRC so that others may also benefit
We are grateful to the couples who now include the PMRC in their plans for charitable giving and write an annual check or even set up a monthly direct deposit. In this concrete way, we join in and make possible the vision for empowering the sacrament of matrimony in our midst.
Please, watch for a mailing during the month of October, and be as generous as you can. If you are ready today, simply write a check to PMRC and mail it to PO Box 2304, Southeastern, Pa 19399. Thank you!
World Meeting of Families 2012
We’re pleased to let you know that the registration process has begun for the Seventh World Meeting of Families to be held May 30-June 3, 2012 in Milan. The theme is “Family: Work and Celebration.” More detailed information, including the opportunity to register online, is available at the WMF website, www.family2012.com
The World Meeting of Families is convened by the Holy Father and sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family in collaboration with the host dioceses—in this case, the Archdiocese of Milan. These meetings were first promoted by Blessed Pope John Paul II beginning in 1994 and have occurred at three-year intervals since then.
The structure of the meeting is in two parts. The first involves a series of lectures and presentations aimed at those who are engaged in education and pastoral ministry with couples and families. This part runs from May 30 through June 1. The second part begins on the evening of June 1 and concludes on Sunday, June 3. It includes festive national gatherings, a prayer vigil and testimonials, and the celebration of the Eucharist. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to join the meeting on Friday and to preside at the vigil on Saturday and the closing Mass on Sunday.
The USCCB will send an official delegation headed by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. We welcome additional U.S. participation from dioceses, lay movements and organizations, and families. Marriage and family life ministers, pro-life leaders, and coordinators of natural family planning will find the gathering of particular interest.
If you decide to attend, please let us know so that we can share information before the event and connect with each other during the event itself. If you have questions or need further information please contact Sheila Garcia (202-541-3041, SGarcia@usccb.org
) or Theresa Notare (202-541-3192, TNotare@usccb.org
Thank you for your ministry on behalf of married couples and families. May God continue to bless you and those with whom you minister.
H. Richard McCord, Ed.D.
Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth