Happy Valentine’s Day. I want to thank Fr. Steve for the opportunity to prepare the bulletin column this week.  As the only married member of the clergy staff here at Christ the King, I am here to tell you I have the perfect Valentine’s Day present for you to give your spouse.   My lovely wife Mary has been my valentine for 43 years now (we’ve been married for 41 but of course being each other’s valentine is one of things that got us to the altar), and what I want to tell you about is something that has made this past year one of our best.  That is the “Marriage in Christ” (MIC) program – a program that we are offering here at Christ the King Parish in March.   Someone suggested that Mary and I attend this program when it was offered at Little Flower Parish last year in order to evaluate bringing it here to CTK, and so we did.

You know it’s funny, but having been married for as long as we have, you wouldn’t think a marriage enrichment program would have had anything new to teach us, but the truth is we learned some things at MIC that we would have benefited from early on in our marriage, plus we were reminded of some really cool things that we had forgotten.  For some reason, when couples hear about a marriage enrichment program being offered at the church, they think it’s a marriage repair program, and they shy away because their marriage is doing fine.  But with MIC, that just isn’t the case, it provides a tune up for marriages that are doing well as well as a tool for those that might need a little boost.  It is a short five-week program that offers several tried and true ways to ENRICH your marriage, to make it better, while also drawing you closer to Jesus Christ.  But don’t take my word for it. On second thought take my word for it, but you can also ask any one of the 250+ couples who have attended a seminar offered at neighboring parishes over the past several years.  MIC is designed to enhance your marriage whether you have been married for 6 months or 60 years and will give a valued return on your short five- week investment long after the candy is gone and the flowers have wilted.  The program will be held on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm from March 2nd to April 2nd.   Registration forms are available at the welcome desk in the church vestibule or by contacting the parish office.  Questions can be emailed to me at deaconjoe@Christthekingonline.org.  Hope to see you there.

Deacon Joe