Six Dates for Catholic Couples
Building and strengthening marriages begins with husbands and wives making time to be with each other and having fun together.
In a world full of competing demands for our attention: children, work, friends, etc., time for each other is a rare commodity for most married couples. Yet, without this opportunity for staying connected spouses drift apart and marriages suffer.
The Six Dates program invites couples to participate in six romantic dates with childcare provided free of charge for couples who pre-register before August 10.
Couples meet at St. Peter’s on the six designated Fridays (see dates below with topics) at 6pm. After children are settled, couples gather for a prayer and a short topic introduction. After viewing a short video, they are given a handout with conversation starters for their private conversation during the date. Three of these dates will take place on St. Peter’s campus and the other three weeks the couples will have off campus dinner dates in Boerne wherever they choose (as long as they can return by 8 PM to pick their children up from childcare).
The six videos inspire couples to become aware of the gift that they are to each other.
The topics of the six dates are:
DATE 1 - August 17: ONCE UPON A TIME... invites couples to remember how their love story began and how it has a special meaning because it is connected to God's love story.
DATE 2 - August 24: MARRIAGE IS… explains what we believe about marriage as Catholics.
DATE 3 - September 7: WHAT KEEPS YOU TOGETHER? suggests that it is the goodness they see in each other that keeps husband and wife together. In other words, it is the ability to see God's image in one another.
DATE 4 - September 14: WHAT ABOUT ME? addresses the problem of selfishness in marriage.
DATE 5 - September 21: THE BLUEPRINT OF LOVE suggests that to overcome selfishness we need to learn to love as Christ loves. The key attributes of Christ's love are: acceptance, commitment, sacrifice, forgiveness, healing, and service.
DATE 6 - September 28: WHERE DO I FIND THE COURAGE? reminds us that learning to love like Christ loves is difficult. Prayer and God's grace can help us endure the challenges we encounter in our married life.