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World Marriage Day - Seasonal Activities - Fun - Weekend Effect

 

World Marriage Day

World Marriage Day 2008 – Start Planning Now

World Marriage Day 2008 – Start Planning Now

World Marriage Day is a great way to celebrate our sacrament and to publicize our values. Start planning now so your community will be ready for the February date in 2008.

 

Longest married couple in Alliance, Nebraska

Longest married couple in Alliance, Nebraska

Mildred said that marriage is a give and take relationship. Talking is an important part as well, she said. "We always talk things out. It wasn't all roses, but we talked it out."

 

Dubai: World Marriage Day Celebrated

Dubai: World Marriage Day Celebrated

Per the advance registration, there were 11 couples who completed 25 years of married life in the month of February. However, three couples came forward to the sanctuary and exchanged rings.

 

Alaska WWME 3rd Annual World Marriage Day
Dinner-Dance & Inviting Celebration

Alaska WWME 3rd Annual World Marriage Day

A fun evening that included Mass, sharing a meal and dancing, a raffle, and honoring priests and married couples.

 

World Marriage Day 2007

World Marriage Day 2007

It is not too late! You still have time to start or complete your World Marriage Day plans.

 

World Marriage Day Purpose & History

Follow the link to the WMD site for this World Marriage Day Purpose and History plus Sample Press Releases, Sample Liturgies, Ideas and Suggestions, an Apostolic Blessing and much more.

 

Maine World Marriage Day Celebrations

Share in how several parishes in Maine celebrated World Marriage Day.

 

World Marriage Day Greetings from Kenya

As you celebrate World Marriage Day in your local community let the reality of celebrations around the world warm your heart.

 

Reflections Of Love - World Marriage Day, 1986

Reflections Of Love - World Marriage Day, 1986

"Every couple who participates in World Marriage Day - whether at a parish hall World Marriage Day reception, a rally in a public park, a march up a city street or a pro-marriage rally at a shopping mall - will be a reflection of love for the whole world to see, whether on the evening television news, the next day's newspaper pictures or to the others present."

 

Auxiliary Bishop Offers Support for World Marriage Day

Military chaplains across the United States are encouraged to use the resources made available by Worldwide Marriage Encounter to celebrate World Marriage Day.

 

Anchorage, Alaska Plans World Marriage Day Dinner

Anchorage, Alaska Plans World Marriage Day Dinner

The invitations are out! Anybody wanting to go to the Anchorage, Alaska WMD dinner better order tickets now before they are all gone.

 

History of World Marriage Day

World Marriage Day began as a dream in Baton Rouge, LA in 1981. Read about the history here.

 

World Marriage Day - What Can We Do?

World Marriage Day is February 8th this year.. Here is a little bit about how the tradition has grown in the State of Maine.

 

Seasonal Activities

Barn Mass Brings Home Advent for Central Florida Couples

Barn Mass Brings Home Advent for Central Florida Couples

It is not quite a manger in Bethlehem, but it is the closest resemblance that you can get to start Advent if you live in Central Florida.

 

Celebrating Christmas

Celebrating Christmas

How one parish celebrates a simple Christmas to help the children be a part of Jesus’ birthday.

 

Love Float 2006

This year is the 23rd Annual Love Float and it is going to be AN INVITING EVENT. Combine family fun, the love of Worldwide Marriage Encounter lovers, a float on the Niobrara River AND inviting all in one! Read on for information about this wonderful WWME opportunity to be held at the Keller State Park, near Long Pine, Nebraska.

 

Easter Story Cookies

A recipe that involves the family and tells the Easter Story in a way the children may better relate.

 

A Challenge From Section 11 -
Make a 2006 M.E. New Years Resolution!

Most of us have our minds full of Advent activities and Christmas preparations but, it is not to early to start thinking about those New Years resolutions.

 

Family Advent Traditions

Advent begins November 27, 2005 here are some suggestions to help make Advent a family celebration leading up to a joyful celebration of Christmas.

 

A Priest's Journey Through Lent and Easter

Encountered priests share their reflections on the priesthood during this season.

 

T'was the Night Before an ME Christmas

T'was the Night Before an ME Christmas

Change a name here and a phrase there and a famous Christmas poem becomes personalized for ME lovers.

 

Changing the Way We Approach Advent & Christmas

After our Weekend, we decided to add more spirituality to our young family's Advent & Christmas.

 

St. Valentine's Day Links

A collection of links to various internet sites that include romance, history, crafts, and other family activities to help you celebrate St. Valentine's Day .

 

Merry Christmas, 2003

How is your family celebrating the twelve days of Christmas?

 

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2003

A teenage girl in a remote village says, "Yes."

 

Advent Family Sunday School

See how the Janssen family in the Seattle, Washington area describe one of their Advent preparations with their parish family.

 

'Twas the First Night of Our Weekend

Christmas Scene

A new twist on the classic, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Steve & Darlene Brown from Section 6.

 

The Third Sunday of Advent, 2003

Does the pink candle on the Advent wreath mean "Rejoice, the Lord is Coming" or "PANIC"?

 

The Second Sunday of Advent, 2003

Is commercialism eroding the spiritual meaning of Advent in your lives?

 

Vogel Family Advent Adventures

Looking for Advent traditions for a young family? Check out what the Vogel family is doing.  Please send your Advent celebration ideas to so we can share them with others online.

 

The First Sunday of Advent, 2003

The First Sunday of Advent 2003 is November 30. How will you be preparing for the Christ Child's birth this year?

 

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Links

Cornucopia - Image used with permission

A collection of links to various internet sites that include prayers, history, crafts, and other family activities to help you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Fun

L.A. East Annual Camping Trip, 2005

L.A. East Annual Camping Trip, 2005

20 families gathered at Wilderness Lakes in Menifee, California for fun, support and sharing. Listen to their reflections from young to experienced.

 

News from Our “Neck O’ the Woods”
At the WWME Campout, Camp Holy Cross, Goshen, MA

WWME Campout, Camp Holy Cross, Goshen, MA

A good time was had by all at the annual WWME campout in Massachusetts.

 

Annual Algonquin Community WWME Campout

Annual Algonquin Community WWME Campout

Family, fun, s'mores, camping, and a Farkle tournament - what a way to celebrate summer time as a Community!

 

Algonquin Community Goes Bananas

Algonquin Community Goes Bananas

This sounds like a challenge from Illinois. Is there a Community out there willing to beat this record?

 

Community-Building Mystery Dinners

A great Community Building idea from Section 11 that adds a little suspense.

 

Building Summertime Relationships

Building Summertime Relationships

For over 20 years Seattle area couples and priests have gathered to build memories and relationships at a camp in Oso, Washington.

 

Travels with Wesley P. Guin

Follow the adventures of Wesley as he travels around the world!

June, 2004Update, June, 2004: Wesley, last seen in January, shows up after a visit in Hawaii. Hopefully Wesley will have his camera fixed and show us more of his travels in the future.

 

Feb, 2004Update, February, 2004: Wesley has been getting around!  Read about his visit to France and several locations in the Pacific Northwest, and check out the latest photos of him.

 

Sept, 2003Update, September 20, 2003: Wesley tours the Pacific Northwest and visits a Section 13 Pillar meeting - and learn about a forthcoming trip overseas!

 

 

Wesley P. Guin

 

Massachusetts WWME Family Camping Experience

Every year, families from all around Massachusetts gather to share in the fun of camping together.

 

Weekend Effect

Small Steps – Big Gains
A Personal Plan for Growth

Small Steps – Big Gains

The fifth tool offered on Sunday of the Weekend in the Presentation “Keeping Our Relationship a Priority” is reevaluation. In this article one couple shares how their efforts were best accomplished through setting small but specific goals.

 

It Happened On The Way To The Dance

When asked to write for their local newsletter about their vision for Community this couple wrote the following letter about how they hoped all Communities would be.

 

Affirming Military Couples

Please consider how you as a couple, or how your Community, can support the WWME couples separated by one spouse being deployed in military service to our country.

 

A Letter From the Past... Our Personal WWME Story

A Letter From the Past... Our Personal WWME Story

We'll be the first to tell you that marriage is not an easy road. It's a day to day journey that we must choose to travel together. We still struggle, we have our fights, but each morning we have a choice and we try to choose love.

 

An Open Letter

An Open Letter

A couple shares that for them what it came down to was this: we wanted to change our relationship, like it was on the Weekend, but not enough to change our way of life.

 

Spiritual Ponderings about a WWME Weekend

Some of you might be asking, “Why would a priest go to a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend?” Here are a couple of reasons.

 

Encourage Vocations

Encourage Vocations

What did you want to become as an adult when you were three years old? What inspired that desire? Have you suggested to your children at an early age to consider a religious vocation?

 

The Importance of Fatherhood in Parenting

The Importance of Fatherhood in Parenting

“Our Weekend team had told us: "Remember there is no sacrament of parenthood, but there is a Sacrament of Matrimony." I believe the greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother more. To me, this is the most meaningful legacy a father can leave his children.”

 

What Are You Doing Out THERE, Ralph?

What Are You Doing Out THERE, Ralph?

“We know the solution-… It’s being crazy enough and daring enough to risk being different and getting others to sit up and question the way they're living. We know we can change the world with that kind of ministry.”

 

Continuing Our Journey

On the Weekend we bought into the reality that we have a stake in each other’s lives. It is a good to be reminded that our Mission Statement calls us to assist couples and priests to live an intimate and responsible lifestyle.

 

Detroit Weekend Enthusiasm Leads to Inviting

One of the greatest things about this Weekend referral was to hear my husband describe what a wonderful Weekend it was and hearing him say things about our marriage I never really thought I would.

 

No Couple is an Island

No Couple Is An Island

“It's great to have other couples have a stake in us. We know that we've helped other couples through tough spots, just as we have been helped.”

 

Little Actions, Great Love

Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers couples and priests a safe and understanding environment to share what is happening in their lives. This presentation is a vulnerable story of how one couple made the decision to love and to be loved. Please keep their journey in your prayers.

 

Make Good Marriages Better

Make Good Marriages Better

Of his Weekend a Bishop shares, “But I must tell you that it became a time of great renewal for me as I reflected on my own call to the priesthood with my brother priest who was the presenter that weekend.”

 

WWME RV Continues to Touch Lives

WWME RV Continues to Touch Lives

A WWME couple who made a 1972 Weekend in Ohio is offered a motor home owned by a WWME couple in Florida while the Ohio couple helps a WWME family in Louisiana.

 

Our Journey In Adoption

Our Journey In Adoption

Read how this couple experienced the love of WWME in 1985 as they traveled to Korea to adopt three siblings.

 

Our Journey In Adoption Revisited

Our Journey In Adoption Revisited

Revisit the Wright family - twenty years after the adoption of three siblings.

 

The Last Word, "JOY"

The Last Word, "JOY"

"My neighbors invited me to go on one of those Marriage Encounter Weekends. I declined. I wasn't married - But for some reason I kept thinking about how happy they were. I wanted some of that same joy."

 

Michigan Lovers Deliver Gifts to Hurricane Katrina Victims

Michigan Lovers Deliver Gifts to Hurricane Katrina Victims

Love spanned the over 1000 miles between Sterling Heights, MI. in the Detroit area to hurricane victims in the Slidell, LA area. These email excerpts give an idea of what Family means in Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

 

Our Weekend Was Not a Dream

Our Weekend Was Not a Dream

"My beloved couples, our Church needs you. You teach relationship, you teach us sacrifice, you teach us how to love. By your very lives of ministry, you answer the call of our Church today."

 

Change of Career, Change of Heart

Change of Career, Change of Heart

This couple heard the challenge on the Weekend, "It's your choice do you want to live the World's Plan for your marriage or God's Plan?"

 

The Miracle Of The Ring

The Miracle Of The Ring

A fascinating story of WWME Family, prayer, faith and a miracle.

 

From Bitterness to Joy: Stephens' Story

From Bitterness to Joy: Stephens' Story

So, this is Stephens' Story... a love story... a story of conversion... a story of faith... a story of the Weekend in the lives of one couple, which bore fruit that continues to renew the Church and change the world!

 

Balancing Work and Fun

A challenge to keep a positive and playful attitude in the midst of our busy-ness. A reminder of how we are to love and support our relationships.

 

Hope in the Lord, Suggestions for the Summer

The attached article, reprinted with permission from the East Tennessee Catholic, should give all of us in WWME great hope. The first half of the article is about local information; but, the second half offers exciting news for WWME.

 

A Call To Be F.A.M.I.S.

A Call to Be F.A.M.I.S.

"It is our belief that if our Marriage Encounter Movement is to flourish, it will depend to a very large extent on the health and vibrancy of the local Marriage Encounter Communities; not on the message of our Weekend, but on the people who live the message."

 

The Weekend Works if We Work At It

The Weekend Works if We Work At It

The Weekend is only the beginning. To truly benefit takes time and effort. But the rewards make it all worth while.

 

Couple Prayer Leads to Family Prayer

Couple Prayer Leads to Family Prayer

When two or three are gathered He is there!

 

Our 50 Years Together

Our 50 Years Together

Words of wisdom and some dialogue questions to bring them home.

 

What M. E. Community Means To Us

What M. E. Community Means To Us

Community is having someone there.

 

Marriage Encounter Community - Kids & Teens Included

Marriage Encounter Community - Kids & Teens Included

eMatrimony has in the past received news from James & Shaharriet Houchins in Anchorage, Alaska. Now we find the apple has not fallen far from the tree as their daughter Cierra and friends pool their ideas to combat ME Teen boredom.

 

Community, We Are Fred & Luisa Velazquez

Community, We Are Fred & Luisa Velazquez

From New York through Florida to South Carolina, strangers became family in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Community.

 

Love Is A Daily Decision

Love Is A Daily Decision

"Whenever hope to keep the message alive was no more than a bubble on the wind, we'd go to the share group and find strength to try again, to protect that lone bubble from sharp pins, to blow more bubbles."

 

Lighting The Way Together

Reflections on a 62 year marriage shining as an example for their family.

 

Conversion to New Life in the Church

Worldwide Marriage Encounter's mission of renewal in the church touched these couples.

 

The Lost Art of Kissing

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Are your kisses passionate? If not, what are you going to do about that?

 

Family Dialogue Becomes A Value At The Section 10 Convention

Section 10’s Family Convention, “A Family of Believers,” made this family into believers in family dialogue.

 

Communication – The Games We Play

Crossing the communication gap between our Personality Styles may require our statements to be more complete.

 

Today Is All We Have, So Love Each Other With All Your Hearts

An extended Marriage Encounter Family that has celebrated all facets of life together.

 

Widow Continues Involvement in Presbyterian Marriage Encounter

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter family can continue to be a support for and gain support from our widowed family members. Please use this article as an impetus to reach out to include in your community those who may be widowed.

 

The Weekend Lives On

The Weekend Lives On

Twenty four years ago, on their first Weekend, Bill & Mary Ann Vena accepted a challenge from the presenting priest to make sure Worldwide Marriage Encounter would be around for their children.

 

Oregon Couple Makes an Anniversary Weekend in France

They met in France, and so decided to make an anniversary Weekend there.

 

We Are Church - Parish Ministry as a Couple

The challenge this couple heard on their Weekend took them from sporadic mass attendance to sharing their couple love as a part of becoming Church.

 

Our Christmas Miracle

A priest when asked about a Weekend he had just presented he said "There were the normal amount of minor miracles and a few major miracles." Here is a story of one of those Weekend Miracles.

 

 


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