BELATED ‘MARRIAGE WEEK’
As we celebrated Child Safety Week, other Christian denominations were celebrating Marriage Week. But it is not too late to highlight its meaning, especially as the Same-sex Marriage Plebiscite issue hots up in parliament.
MARRIAGE MATTERS FOR CHILDREN
Children raised by married parents tend to enjoy more stability, more financial resources, more consistent discipline, and more attention than their peers in other families.
Because of this they are more likely to flourish in life, and to avoid detours that can unsettle their futures, as compared with children raised in other family situations.
Princeton Sociologist, Mary McLanahan put it this way: “Children who grow up in a household with only one biological parent are worse off, on average, than children who grow up in a household with both of their biological parents…regardless of whether the resident parent remarries.”
This does not mean children who are raised in single parent or step-families necessarily do badly.
MARRIAGE MATTERS FOR SPOUSES AND FOR THE COMMUNITY
It is not just children who benefit from marriage; spouses benefit too. Women and men who get and stayed married tend to be healthier, happier, and better off financially, compared to their peers who never marry, divorce or divorce and remarry.
Men, for instance, live about nine years longer if they get and stay married. Women are more financially stable in retirement if they are married. Further, communities with a greater share of married parents tend to be safer and more likely to promote economic opportunity for disadvantaged children in their midst.
HOPE FOR THE HURTING
Marriage can be difficult at times. Spouses can face periods of disappointment or disillusionment, as well as times of added stress caused by illness, job loss or the death of a loved one. But husbands and wives facing trials should not despair. Most couples who experience a spell of unhappiness but remain married, see their marriages improve.
One US study found that “Two out of three unhappily married adults who avoided divorce or separation ended up happily married five years later.” If you are struggling in your marriage, seek help from a priest, marriage-friendly counsellor, or wise friend.
Marriage help resources, check out: http://www.marriageweek.org.au/marriage/marriagehelpers.php.
*Mon 19th September 9.30am Wrap with Love in St Mary’s Hall
*Tue 20th Sept LADLES OF LOVE – free hot meal & groceries for those in need – in St Mary’s Hall. Spread the word. Opens 5.00pm.
*Tue 20th 7.30pm C.A.R.E. Meet in Uniting Church Hall
*Fri 23rd Sept – 10th Oct: School Holidays NSW.
*Mon 26th 12 noon – Ministers’ Association at Chocolate Factory
*Tue 27th 5.30pm Finance Committee Meeting at Presbtery.
COUNSELLING at St Mary’s
Wednesdays 10am Group Parenting Course
Wednesdays 2pm Anger Management at St Mary’s Presbytery rear flat. Run by Centacare and Sisters of Mercy. Ph. 0448772010.
Also available: Literacy & Numeracy courses, and Financial Planning for Families.
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. Wed 4.30pm
* McLean’s, 5a Lindsay St., Wed 5.30pm
* Karinya chapel – Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am+ 9am Mass
Remember in Prayer
Anne Bott, Frances Garvey, Rose McMillan, Lilian Donald, Maxine Potter, Stefan Svarc, Faye Lovie, Frank Murphy, Frank Tuck, Doris Robinson, Jenny King, Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore.
St Joseph’s Catholic Men’s Group
Meets monthly for a beer, pub meal & dynamic talk. It’s a fantastic chance for fellowship with other Catholic guys and to learn about disciple-ship. Next meeting Mon 19th Sept from 6.30pm. Venue: The King’s Own, Olympic Way, The Rock. Contact Steve 041 248 6100, or Ben 044 880 5087.
MASS INTENTIONS 17th – 24th Sept
6.30pm (Shana Wilkinson; Bronwyn Richardson)
Sun 18th 25th Sunday of OT
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
Mon 19th Sept
No Mass today.
Tue 20th Sts Andrew Kim and Companions
9am M (Doris Robinson; Bette Griffin)
Wed 21st St Matthew, Evangelist
9am M (Gerald Naughtin; Anthony Rippingale)
11.40 Nov. & M. (Leo & Eve McGuinness)
Fri 23rd St Padre Pio (Pius of Pietrelcina)
9am M (Maxine Potter, James Fearne, Mary Hodgson, Faye Lovie)
No 9am Mass – Meeting at Lockhart
6.30pm (Ray Currie; Alma Fitzgerald)
LITURGY ROSTER for 24th & 25th Sept
6.30pm O’Halloran Fm
9.00am Svarc Fm
6.30pm D Forge A Norman
9.00am M Milthorpe
6.30pm D & A Norman
9.00am D Collins
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm D & E Clohessy
9.00am T Moroney
9.00am T Wynne M Robinson
Collection: M Drum
Counters: L & N Hughes
THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM – AIRS 18 SEPTEMBER 2016
This week on The Journey Trish McCarthy challenges us in the Season of Spring to “dig deeper” to “cut and prune” the parts of our lives that need them. We also hear from Fr Dave Callaghan in The Call challenging us to allow God to mould us like clay. Tune into LIFE 101.9 FM or 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am or go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.