Fall 2015 - Episode 4: Preparing For Marriage: Beyond the Pre-Cana Class
“…Being together and knowing how to love forever is the challenge of Christian spouses. I am reminded of the miracle of the multiplication of the bread: for you, the Lord can multiply your love and give it to you fresh and good every day. He has an endless supply! He gives you the love that is the foundation of your marriage and every day he renews it, strengthens it. It makes it even greater when the family grows with children.”

Pope Francis to Couples Preparing for Marriage, St. Peter’s Square, Feb. 14, 2014
Many times the Pre-Cana classes are just day or weekend and actually the couple needs a little more preparation to build a strong foundation for their marriage. This show will give some practical advice and a great testimony!

Msgr. Bugarin, Pastor of St Joan of Arc Parish, Archdiocese of Detroit

Jackie Francois Angel, Speaker & Worship Leader - www.jackieandbobby.com

Janet's Homework Assignment:

Read Three To Get Married by Bishop Fulton Sheen

Read Familiarus Consortio

Read Intimate Graces by Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) & Deacon Dominick Pastore

Great Resource: Beloved Series from Augustine Institute

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Additional Resources:

Retrouvaille (Catholic marriage retreat ministry) discusses the four stages of marriage: www.retrouvaille.org/pages.php?page=7

Marital Healing website (Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a Catholic psychiatrist, frequent guest on EWTN radio’s Catholic Answers Live) offers information on marriage prevention: www.maritalhealing.com

Webinar on divorce prevention: http://maritalhealing.com/divorcepreventionwebinar.php

Dr. Janet Smith explains how Natural Family Planning prevents divorce: www.janetsmith.excerptsofinri.com/

Discussion Questions:

What would you recommend to a daughter who has begun a courtship?

How can we support couples preparing for marriage in our parish?


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God's Bucket List: Heaven's Surefire Way to Happiness in this Life and Beyond

by Teresa Tomeo

Examines what God wants for each of us: mercy, fruitfulness, fellowship, and peace, just to name a few, and explains what the Christian faith teaches about these gifts and how we can begin to achieve and cross out, one by one, the items on that heavenly list. God's Bucket List is published by Random House/Image Books.

Recall Abortion: Ending the Abortion Industry's Exploitation of Women

by Janet Morana

Janet Morana exposes the myriad ways abortion exploits women, and calls for a National recall of this deadly procedure.  Published by Saint Benedict Press.

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Mary was not only Jesus' Mother, but also a housewife. Her utensils are earthly and heavenly symbols. The key represents the safety in the house and also the way into heaven. The kettle symbolizes nourishment for body and soul. The broom represents cleanliness in the home and in thoughts and deeds. 
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The Magnificat

Magnificat is a lavishly printed, easy-to-read pocket-sized worship aid, of more than 400 pages.

Magnificat can be used to follow the daily Mass and can also be read at home for personal or family prayer.
Available at Magnificat
Consider praying the Divine Office on a daily basis. 
The Divine Office provides psalms and prayers to be prayed at different times of the day. 
See www.divineoffice.org.