Marriage and Parenting Ireland
The Marriage Preparation Course is a series of five sessions to help engaged couples or those exploring the possibility of marriage, build strong foundations for their future together.
The Marriage Preparation Course helps couples invest in their relationship for a lasting marriage. Over five sessions, the course will help you to learn to communicate well, understand and appreciate your differences, and prepare for potential challenges.
The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage.
The Marriage Course for is for any couple looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well.
The Parenting Children Course is a series of five sessions, that provide practical support to parents and carers to strengthen their family relationships.
The Parenting Children Course is for parents, step-parents, single parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0-10 years.
The Parenting Teenagers Course is a series of five sessions, that provide practical support to parents and carers to strengthen their family relationships.
The Parenting Teenagers Course is for parents, step-parents, single parents, prospective parents or carers of teenagers aged 11-18 years.
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The Marriage Course and the World Meeting of Families
It was announced in March 2018 that Pope Francis will be coming to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. Held every three years, the World Meeting of Families is a unique opportunity for the whole church to come together and be encouraged by the work of God in families. The Event will feature international speakers and events for different ages. The Pope’s visit is a welcome encouragement to the Irish people and a wonderful opportunity for a huge number of people around the country to learn more about marriage and family ministry. The Marriage Course lays the strong foundations for couples, as the Pope himself says in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), ‘Love needs time and space; everything else is secondary. Time is needed to talk things over, to embrace leisurely, to share plans, to listen to one other and gaze in each other’s eyes, to appreciate one another and to build a stronger relationship.’ AL 224
The New Evangelisation and the Marriage Course
The Marriage Course has a unique role to play in the vision for Evangelisation laid out by Pope Francis. Increasingly, the Church sees families as the source of Evangelisation:
“Through the Church, marriage and the family receive the grace of the Holy Spirit from Christ, in order to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s love” AL71
Through hosting The Marriage Course in Homes and parishes, couples can take part in the vision the Church is imparting. Marriage and community. The Marriage Course creates an opportunity to see our married relationships in a new light.
“We find it difficult to present marriage more as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfillment than as a lifelong burden.” AL37
The Marriage Course in the Catholic Context
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Grand Chancellor of the St John Paull II Pontifical Institue for Studies on Marriage and Family has said, ‘I have seen how The Marriage Course is a beautiful ecumenical resource that helps couples invest afresh in their marriage in a real and practical way for the challenges of modern life. As they rediscover the richness of their own relationship through The Marriage Course, it brings them back to the very source of love – God – and offers the opportunity for them to be witnesses of the mystery of that love and a living example of the domestic Church, reaching out and evangelizing to other couples and families in the Parish.’
Our hope is to share The Marriage Course and resources like The Parenting Children and The Parenting Teenagers Course with as many delegates as we can at the World Meeting of Families. Now, more than ever, there is a need for more committed couples to run The Marriage Course, inviting others to replenish and nourish their married relationships.
“Nowadays we are grateful too for the witness of marriages that have not only proved lasting, but also fruitful and loving. All these factors can inspire a positive and welcoming pastoral approach capable of helping couples to grow in appreciation of the demands of the Gospel.” AL38
At the Alpha office, Dom and the team are looking forward to seeing you at the World Meeting of Families, where we can chat about upcoming events and see if there is a chance for us all to work together to build up marriages!
Got questions or want to share your Marriage/Parenting Courses story with us?
Living Faith Coordinator
Dominic Perrem | Dom@alphaireland.org