DIOCESAN MARRIAGE RETREAT | PARISH OPPORTUNITIES | THEOLOGY OF THE BODY | JUBILEE MASS | FROM THE USCCB
The 2017 Diocesan Marriage Retreat "Abide with Me" is a weekend for married couples to spend quality time with one another and the Lord Jesus. Couples will have their own private cabin for two nights in the gorgeous setting of Topsail Hill State Park. Talks, Mass, Adoration, availability of Confession, small group, and one on one time will move couples to a deeper recognition of the centrality of Christ in their marriage. Access to the park's 30-A beaches as well as hiking and biking trails will allow couples to reconnect and relax in the great outdoors.
**ALL 20 SPACES FOR THIS YEAR'S RETREAT HAVE BEEN FILLED**
Nevertheless, feel free to fill out the registration form to be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations as well as to reserve your spot for the 2018 retreat. REGISTRATION FORM HERE!
Childcare will not be provided by diocese but please call if you need options in this regard.
For questions or more information, contact Chez Filippini at 850-435-3553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of our parishes offer ministries specifically geared to enrich Catholic marriage and family life. Please refer below to various resources, programs, and contact names throughout our diocese to become involved in such efforts:
Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Tallahassee - Good Shepherd offers consistent marriage enrichment opportunities on Sunday mornings as part of the A.R.C. program (babysitting provided) for couples looking to deepen their love, their understanding of one another, and their attempt to follow Jesus Christ in their vocation. Various multiweek programs on different marital/familial themes occur throughout the year so please contact Fr. Tom Dillon or Rose Markert for specifics.
Contact: Fr. Tom Dillon at 850-893-1837 and email@example.com or
Rose Markert at firstname.lastname@example.org for information
St. Dominic Catholic Church, Panama City - St. Dominic's offers 4-week series throughout the calendar year on Theology of the Body, taught by Fr. Michael Nixon, in the parish hall. Registration is required for the next cycle beginning on April 4.
Contact: please click here to register or contact the parish office at 850-785-4574 for more information.
Also, several parishioners have begun participating in the Domestic Church Families lay movement which seeks to unite couples in groups of 4-6 families which meet on a monthly basis at individual homes to share life, food, pray for one another, and strengthen one another in their desire to follow Jesus Christ in their vocations.
Contact: Doris Gaunt at (850) 265-5491 and at email@example.com for more information.
What is the Theology of the Body?
It is true sexual identity as explained in a series of talks by Pope St. John Paul II from 1979-1984. Primarily it stems from the pope's reflections on the Creation stories of Genesis 1-3, Jesus' teaching on marriage and divorce in the Gospels, and Jesus' and St. Paul's teaching on the resurrection of the body throughout the New Testament.
Theology of the Body (TOB) is the term used to describe the theological nature of our bodies, in that since we are made in the 'image and likeness of God' an honest reflection on our human body will lead us to a deeper understanding of God. Our bodies reveal that we are persons made for communion with others in the image of God who is a Trinity of Divine Persons. The Church proclaims that we all wrestle with our identity as male and female, and that this struggle will lead us to God. If we have the eyes to see our bodies in the light of Divine Revelation, we will see nothing short of the divine image when we look in the mirror and at each other.
The vast majority of these lectures were delivered at the normal Wednesday catecheses (teaching sessions) which popes deliver to the thousands of Catholic pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Although the material is quite heavy at times and deepy theological, John Paul II intended for the Theology of the Body to be understood by all the Catholic faithful.
EWTN has compiled all 129 of the pope's lectures which are available here in English.
For more information, please contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life, Chez Filippini at (850) 435-3553 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year during National Marriage Week our diocese has a special liturgy for couples celebrating significant anniversaries in the marriages called the Jubilee Mass. A special commemoration of vows, prayers of blessing, and public recognition of individual couples are included in this liturgy. Following the Jubilee Mass a reception is held with light refreshments for couples and their guests.
Our 2017 Jubilee Masses in Pensacola and Tallahassee took place on February 5 and February 12 respectively. Please check below for photos from this special event!
Dates for the 2018 Jubilee Masses will be posted here soon!