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My Town: Start the new year by renewing your marriage at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish
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My Town: Start the new year by renewing your marriage at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The statewide Catholic Bishops organization has declared 2015 as “The Year of Marriage.” 

Married couples from the area are invited to renew their marriages in the new year by participating in “The Art of Marriage Family Life Series.”  The six Thursday evening sessions run Jan. 8 through Feb. 12, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center. The Family Center is located at 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven.

“Through a participant workbook, newlyweds and longstanding couples can learn together by watching DVDs, sharing stories and encouraging one another to achieve God’s design for their marriages,” said Jeff Andrini, faith formation director with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

Cost to attend is $25 per couple.  The price includes a workbook for each participant, which weaves together expert teaching, engaging stories, interviews and humorous vignettes to help couples explore everything from date night suggestions to articles and tips for improving marriage.

Facilitators for the events are Mark and Kim Juodawlkis, parishioners with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.  Child care can be provided.  If needed, couples can request this upon registration.

The study guide contains information and projects to help couples live what they learn through six dynamic sessions. Included are highlights of key concepts presented in session videos, related articles, group discussion questions, and date-night ideas to build on the big ideas from each session and help couples personalize them to their marriages.

Topics addressed in the six sessions include:

  • Love Happens:  God’s Purpose and Plan
  • Love Fades:  Overcoming isolation
  • Love Dances:  Fulfilling Our Responsibilities
  • Love Interrupted:  Communication and Conflict
  • Love Sizzles:  Experiencing Real Intimacy
  • Love Always:  Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Pre-registration is required for attendance at this event.  Registrants should do so by Dec. 31, by contacting Pam Hill, parish receptionist, at (616) 842-8230, ext. #125.  Further information can be obtained by visiting the parish website at:  www.stpatsgh.org under the “faith formation-adults” navigation tab.

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857 and the first church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  The current church was opened in 1957 after the old church was torn down to make room for Route 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish.                         

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