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March 2014

Research supports marriage preparation

"When your mother said, 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,' she was on to something," said Valerie Conzett, director of the archdiocese's Family Life Office.

That advice is especially true for engaged couples who spend time preparing for the sacrament of marriage rather than being blindsided by problems later, Conzett said.

Research and experience back up her case.

Research supports marriage preparation

"When your mother said, 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,' she was on to something," said Valerie Conzett, director of the archdiocese's Family Life Office.

That advice is especially true for engaged couples who spend time preparing for the sacrament of marriage rather than being blindsided by problems later, Conzett said.

Research and experience back up her case.

Family Life Office adapts programs to match changing times and needs

Father Daniel Kampschneider, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, said over the last 35 years, he has seen the way engaged couples have changed, including fewer teens getting married and more couples waiting 10 or even 12 years to marry.

And marriage preparation has changed with the couples, said Valerie Conzett, director of the archdiocese's Family Life Office.

Family Life Office adapts programs to match changing times and needs

Father Daniel Kampschneider, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, said over the last 35 years, he has seen the way engaged couples have changed, including fewer teens getting married and more couples waiting 10 or even 12 years to marry.

And marriage preparation has changed with the couples, said Valerie Conzett, director of the archdiocese's Family Life Office.

Lessons for a lifetime

Building a house, writing a term paper, readying for a vacation - all require planning of one sort or another.

Preparing for marriage - a lifetime of love and commitment celebrated as a sacrament in the Catholic Church - takes preparation and faith development to a whole new level.

To honor the spiritual, material and emotional commitment of marriage, the Catholic Voice devotes seven stories to marriage preparation and enrichment in the archdiocese, and the impact they have on couples.



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Lessons for a lifetime

Building a house, writing a term paper, readying for a vacation - all require planning of one sort or another.

Preparing for marriage - a lifetime of love and commitment celebrated as a sacrament in the Catholic Church - takes preparation and faith development to a whole new level.

To honor the spiritual, material and emotional commitment of marriage, the Catholic Voice devotes seven stories to marriage preparation and enrichment in the archdiocese, and the impact they have on couples.



Related Stories:

Intro: Lessons for a lifetime

Building a house, writing a term paper, readying for a vacation - all require planning of one sort or another.

Preparing for marriage - a lifetime of love and commitment celebrated as a sacrament in the Catholic Church - takes preparation and faith development to a whole new level.

To honor the spiritual, material and emotional commitment of marriage, the Catholic Voice devotes seven stories to marriage preparation and enrichment in the archdiocese, and the impact they have on couples.

Remember human life in your Lenten practices

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Human beings, and especially males, tend to respond to a challenge or injustice by rolling up our sleeves and doing something. It's unfortunate, but our first response tends not to be prayer and fasting.

Students' trip brings service to life

A few weeks ago, I was at St. Mary Parish in Wayne for a capital campaign meeting with Father Mark Beran and the parish's dedicated leadership team. After the meeting, Father Beran was gathering with members of the Wayne State Newman Center community. They were finalizing plans for a service trip.

One student, Laura Bergeron, who happens to be a former neighbor of ours, came into the conference room bursting with anticipation. Laura is a naturally enthusiastic person, but her eagerness for this trip was inspiring.

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