Many of you will be attending weddings this summer and some of you may even be attending a PreCana to prepare for your wedding. The Family Ministries Office, which I direct, is in charge of Archdiocesan marriage preparation classes, both PreCanas and Discovery Weekend. We prepare about 5,000 couples a year for marriage.
After the wedding, when the excitement of the big day, the gifts, and the attention dies down, many couples ask, “What next?” How do you keep your marriage alive, exciting, and strong through the years so that one day you can attend another of our programs, the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass and celebration?
One way is through marriage enrichment. We offer two First Years and Forever newly married workshops for couples in their first year of marriage (free; they were included in the PreCana fee!) as well as a monthly ENewsletter with an article written by a marriage educator or expert about topics of interest in the first years of marriage.
Another way to keep your marriage revitalized is by doing different things together. I’m looking forward to taking my wife Marilyn to the Archdiocesan Celebration of Marriage on Saturday, October 17 at the Festival of Faith, an evening of inspiration, entertainment, food, music, and dancing. Married couples of all ages are invited to join us in strengthening our marriages while having fun at the same time.