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Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass 2024 with Bishop Koenig
Celebrate National Marriage Week 2024 – The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (February 11) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.
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Marriage Moments for March
Mar. 4: Having a disagreement? Try rating how strongly you feel about the issue on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being “I care strongly about this issue.” Spouse also rates the issue. Sometimes the partner with less investment will be willing to give in – this time. Part 2 next week.
Mar. 11: Disagreements, Part 2. If on a scale of 1-10 you’re both about 5, seek a compromise. If you’re both around 10, seek a new solution or agree to disagree. Don’t play games though. If one of you is always a 10, he/she may need to let go of control.
Mar. 18: The Spring Equinox (https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox) is Tuesday, March 19 when planet earth has nearly equal light and darkness. Why should you care? Perhaps use nature’s day of equality to ponder how you & your beloved each have happy and sad, good and bad days. Love each other through both.
Mar. 25: From the ecstasy of Palm Sunday to the crucifixion on Good Friday; it all seems so incompatible and surreal. Is your life ever like this roller coaster? How do you calm each other in the midst of joy and tragedy?
Parenting Pointers for March
Mar. 1: Is someone in your family feeling a little discouraged or depressed these days? March 1 is World Compliment Day.. (https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/world-compliment-day) Offer them a sincere compliment. It may make you feel better too.
Mar. 8: On these often-dreary days of March, carve out some time this weekend to play with your child(ren). Think board games, cards, hide & seek, read a book together, or some other fun activity. Even a video game counts. The rest of the day may go better.
Mar. 15: Next Tuesday, March 19, is the Spring Equinox when daylight and night darkness are equal. Perhaps use the increasing daylight to look for dirt and clutter. Ok, so this is a sly hint to draft your kids into helping you do some Spring cleaning this weekend.
Mar. 22: March 24 is Palm Sunday. Tell your children the story of how the people praised Jesus by waving palms. Of course just a few days later we remember Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday. Click here to learn how to make a palm cross with your child. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmtg7m7Ion8)
Mar. 29: On Good Friday we remember that Christ died for us. As parents we give our lives daily for our children. Overlook one fault of your child today. (You can catch up later.)
Painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Prayer for Families
God, Our Father, loving and merciful, bring together and keep all families in perfect unity of love and mutual support.
Instill in each member the spirit of understanding and affection for each other.
Keep quarrels and bitterness far from them, and for their occasional failures instill forgiveness and peace.
May the mutual love and affection of parents set a good example.
Instill in children self-respect that they may respect others and grow in mature independence.
May the mutual affection and respect of families be a sign of Christian, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.