The vocation of marriage is just that — a vocation, or something that one is called to by God. The weight and importance of this was understood by St. John Paul II as he said, “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, with whom they make up a sole family — a domestic church.” The pope recognized that in order to continue to build the church, we have to start by supporting this “domestic church,” which begins in the home of a married couple.
As a parish, supporting the married couples in our parish is important to us as well. The Marriage Enrichment Ministry has offered this support for many years. Giving people a place to come together, have fun, meet other couples in the parish, and grow in their marriage is a key part of how we can support families in the parish.
“Marriage enrichment is an important part of our community,” says Kyla Moles, coordinator of the ministry. “We enjoy being together and being a part of a community of friends that have similar values and are working towards the same goals in their lives. It is all the better that these other families are a part of our parish community. Ultimately, that is what this is all about — community. We have men’s groups, women’s groups, and everything else in between. But this is the only thing specifically for married couples.”
On average, the ministry hosts events every other month. These can range from activities that vary from visiting a nearby restaurant for happy hour, to holding a chili cook-off game night or welcoming a speaker on marriage before enjoying food and fellowship.
Joe Mehring and his wife, Sherry, have been attending the Marriage Enrichment events for a while and have found the ministry to be so beneficial for them as a family.
“We are involved in a wide variety of activities in the parish as a family,” Joe says. “I have been a part of the Squires and we assist with Youth Ministry that our son is a part of. Sherry is a part of the adult altar server group as well. But having this ministry really rounds out the community that our parish is great at creating. Through Marriage Enrichment, we have met more families and made so many friends and associations that help us in our marriage and our family.”
“Marriage Enrichment helps us to focus on us,” Sherry adds. “We have so many things in our lives that pull us in different directions. This gives us a chance to talk to each other and visit with other people who are in a similar season of life.”
When our lives are rooted in our faith community, we gain the opportunity to build each other up and grow in our faith. Married couples are encouraged to take advantage of the events, and to gather for fellowship and fun.
“We are so thankful for a parish that has so many opportunities to not only serve others but indulge in our love of the faith,” Joe says.
The wide variety of events means there is something for everyone. Childcare is provided free of charge.
“We are always open to new ideas for events or how to improve the ministry,” Kyla says. “And there is always room for more volunteers to help us put the events on.”
Watch the bulletin for upcoming events or sign up for the ministry’s Flocknotes
by contacting Kyla Moles in the parish office at 972-778-0301.