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Faith in Marriage
Theme: Marriage - A Vocation to Love
Incorporating the Ray Reid Memorial Lecture about the blessing and graces of marriages. This conference is aimed at married couples, engaged couples and any individual interested in marriage. Speakers share their insights, observations and experiences for builidng and enriching marriages.
Date: Sunday 24th August 2014
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Edith Angel Hall at Our Lady of Mercy College, Ross St, Parramatta
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An introduction to CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta
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Pope Francis meets with 10,000 engaged couples on St Valentine’s Day
Ten thousand engaged couples from all over the world gathered on the feast of St. Valentine, in St. Peter's Square to consider the vocation of marriage, with the theme “The joy of 'Yes' forever”, and to meet with Pope Francis. St Valentine was a 3rd Century Roman priest who is widely believed to have been martyred on February 14th for his beliefs. He has since become the patron saint of love and engaged couples.
Pope Francis answered questions from some of the engaged couples on how to have a happy marriage. Pope Francis, himself committed to lifelong celibacy as a Catholic priest, said that many people are afraid these days to make "definite decisions" and long-lasting choices -- but that it can be done.
'Don't be afraid to marry'
"Today, everything is changing rapidly and nothing lasts for long. This sort of mentality leads so many who are getting ready for marriage to say they will be together for as long as love lasts," which can lead to divorce, he said. Love has to be built together, he said, not alone. "To build such a thing means to help your love grow," he said.
"Dear engaged people, you are getting ready to grow together, to build a home, to live together for good. Do not just base it on those feelings that come and go, but on the rock of true love that comes from God," he said.
"Dear young people, don't be afraid to marry. A faithful and fruitful marriage will bring you happiness."
Don't go to bed angry
"Living together is an art. It's a patient art, it's a beautiful art, it's fascinating," Francis replied. He spoke of the need to communicate with respect and attention, "to request politely so that you enter with courtesy into the life of the other." That isn't easy, he said. Each half of the couple must learn to say thank you, and to apologize for his or her mistakes.
"We all know there isn't a perfect family, neither a perfect husband nor a perfect wife. Of course, we are not talking about the perfect mother-in-law," he joked.
"Do not end any day without asking each other for forgiveness, having peace back in your house and your family," he said. "Never end a single day without being at peace with each other. This is the secret in order to preserve love."
Celebrating the Marriage
Pope Francis said the key thing was not to have a wild party, though the celebration is important, but to feel the presence of Jesus. The dress, flowers and food are important, but only if the couple are there in a true spirit of love.
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Thanks to Mirvac, Bunnings and Optus RockCorps for helping Catherine Villa Quakers Hill, our service for homeless young mothers, in 2013.
Each of these organizations have contributed their time and resources to clean, conduct maintenance and modernise the indoor and outdoor appearance of Catherine Villa.
Enhancements included, a new sailing boat sandpit and stools for the children, weeding, clearing overgrown areas and establishing new gardens and vegetable patches, updating the pergola area and making it an appealing space to entice the mums and their children to want to spend more time outside, painting the interior and adding colourful murals for both the children and mothers. Also we had a new outdoor table setting and air conditioning unit donated by friends of the Mirvac owned Stanhope Village shopping centre.
The impact this service has had on young, otherwise homeless mothers over the past twenty years is immeasurable. The young women and children are homeless and “at risk”, some with challenging behaviours.
Catherine Villa has provided hundreds of young mums with the guidance, education and compassion towards developing these girls into being stable, committed and independent parents.
Volunteer with Blacktown Neighbour Aid
You or someone you know might care to answer our call, because one day you or someone you know might need someone to care to call…
Our Blacktown Neighbour Aid Program is looking for 60 people to volunteer as little as 60 minutes a fortnight. A little of your time could make a big difference. Watch below and or call 02 8822 2238. Thank you.
Following the devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains region in October 2013, CatholicCare Social Services Parramatta has been working with St Thomas Aquinas Parish at Springwood to provide ongoing support for the local community.
Otto Henfling attending book launch for three new books for Kamilaroi Language learners.
The Diocesan Bushfire Appeal, coordinated by CatholicCare Social Services has now raised $300,000