The L.O.V.E. Married Couples ministry –
A ministry at St. Thomas More that brings married Catholic couples at all stages of their marriages together to strengthen their marriages so as to bring Christ’s loving presence more fully into their lives and the lives of our community.
Why a married couples ministry?
"And as a couple, the need for those relationships is even greater. "If a couple wants to run the marriage race well," marriage and family expert Laird Crump writes, "they need to develop meaningful relationships with other couples who are moving in a positive direction."
|Mar 3||St. Patrick's Day social||RSVP - Evite|
|Feb 10||Dr. John and Helen Osman||RSVP - Evite|
|Jan 13||Cheryl Maxwell||Laugh your way to a stronger marriage||RSVP - Evite|
|Nov 11||Friendsgiving Social||RSVP - Evite|
|Scott & Kathryn Whitaker||Forming a Catholic Marriage in a Reality TV World||RSVP - Evite|
|Fr. Kurtis Weidenfeld|
|Jan 14||Chris and Michelle Williston||Marriage Resolutions||Evite - Presentation|
|Nov 12||Fr. Jonathan Raia||Evite - Discussion Questions - Challenge|
|Sep 10||Michelle Browning|
|Jul 23||Denise Abele||Kickoff Event||Evite - Flyer - Discussion Questions - Challenge|
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” Galatians 5:31
"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, let no man separate what God has joined." Mark 10:8-9
The Grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony
"Through the grace of the sacrament of matrimony Christian spouses help one another attain holiness in their married life…." CCC 1641
"Just as of old God encountered his people with the covenant of love and fidelity, so our Savior, the spouse of the Church, now encounters Christian spouses through the sacrament of matrimony. Christ dwells with them, gives them strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ, and to love one another with supernatural, tender, fruitful love. In the joys of their love and family life he gives them here on earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb." CCC 1642
"Where the flesh is one, one also is the spirit." CCC 1642
God’s gifts of grace given to us in community through the sacrament of matrimony equip us to love like Christ as we traverse the many seasons of marriage. Though God continues to shower our marriages with life-saving grace, we can sometimes find ourselves in need of reminders of what his love is meant to look like and how we can keep our hearts open to accepting his great love. Christ calls us to be among our faithful Christian community both so that we can witness His love flowing through other married couples living out the call to marriage and so that we can also be witnesses of Christ’s everlasting love that has been given to us through our sacred bond of marriage. In our deep love for Christ our hearts desire to know His love entirely for us.