Mission: The Marriage Ministry strengthens sacramental marriages in the Church and provides support to all couples called to the holy vocation of marriage. We accomplish this by fostering a community of mutual support and offering monthly date nights that affirm spousal love, provide continual learning, and encourage spiritual growth. Marriage Ministry monthly date nights blend dinner with inspirational talks, interactive discussions, social mingling with other Catholic couples, and prayer with the goal of fostering successful marriages—spiritually, emotionally, physically and psychologically. No matter how many years a couple has been married or where a couple is at in its marriage relationship—struggling, thriving or somewhere in between—every couple is called to grow and witness in love for God and one another. All married and engaged couples are welcome!
Contact: John and Erika Checco
The Wisdom of the Church on Marriage: The "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601.
Marriage is an act of the will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family—a domestic Church. Pope Saint John Paul II.
The family is the first and fundamental school of social living: as a community of love, it finds in self-giving the law that guides it and makes it grow. The self-giving that inspires the love of husband and wife for each other is the model and norm for the self-giving that must be practiced in the relationships between brothers and sisters and the different generations living together in the family. Pope Saint John Paul II.
Resources: The Marriage Ministry has collated a list of recommended books on marriage, motherhood and fatherhood, and similar topics. Many of these books are available for purchase from the parish gift shop and for loan from the parish library or the local community library.
Recommended Books on Marriage, Fatherhood, Motherhood and Related Topics
July 2018 Retreat for Married Couples with Fr. Paul Scalia (Recordings)
Blessed Luigi and Maria Quattrocchi: The Holy Trinity Marriage Ministry has chosen Blessed Luigi and Maria Quattrocchi as patrons for the ministry. Please join the Marriage Ministry to pray to this blessed couple for all marriages.
"Dear families, the path of holiness lived together as a couple is possible, beautiful, extraordinarily fruitful, and fundamental for the good of the family, the Church and society. Pray the Lord that there be many more married couples who can reveal in the holiness of their lives, the "great mystery" of spousal love, which originates in creation and is fulfilled in the union of Christ with his Church. Dear husbands and wives, I encourage you to embrace your role and your responsibilities,renew your missionary zeal, making your homes privileged places for announcing and accepting the Gospel in an atmosphere of prayer and in the concrete exercise of Christian solidarity."
Excerpt from Pope John Paul II's Beatification homily of Luigi and Maria Quattrocchi.
2020 Date Night Schedule
Date nights are 7:00-9:00pm on the third Saturday of each month—except December
- 18 JAN Ballroom Dancing with your Beloved (dance class included!)
- 15 FEB St. Valentine's Day Wedding Ball (Formal Attire Encouraged)
- 21 MAR Importance of Family Meals - Fr. Juan Puigbo
- 18 APR Social
- 16 MAY The Beauty of Marriage
- 20 JUN Fr. Jerome Magat
- 18 JUL TBD
- 15 AUG Social
- 19 SEP Fr. Bjorn Lundberg
- 17 OCT “Hindsight is 2020” Panel Discussion
- 14 NOV Marriage Retreat with Fr. Tom Morrow
Note: Babysitting has returned for Date Night!
January 20, 2018: Your Family Mission Statement and Program of Life, with Mary and Caleb O’Kray: Provided couples the opportunity to formulate their family mission statement, assess the alignment of family activities with their end goal of holiness, and develop some new year resolutions as a married couple.
Spiritual Game Plan | Handout | Audio Recording
February 17, 2018: Valentine Dance: Dancing, fellowship, and refreshments!
March 17, 2018: Parenting from the Same Playbook, with Art Bennet
April 21, 2018: The Final Battle over Marriage and the Family, with Fr. Boquet, President of Human Life International
July 21, 2018: Humanae Vitae: The Catholic Family and the Future of the Human Race by Dr. Robin Maas
August 18, 2018: Become the Superhero You Were Destined to Be: The importance of living out ones vocation to the fullest. One's call to holiness comes specifically through the vocation of husband or wife, as Catholic parents.
October 20, 2018: Dr. Michael Horne presents Communication in Relationships.
November 17, 2018: Faith-Based Medical Considerations in Marriage and the Family, with Deacon Scott Ross.
March 16, 2019: Mary Stanford speaks on Technology and Relationships
Technology and the Language of Bodily Presence | Principles
April 13, 2018: Healing through the Holy Family, Fr. Shenan Boquet
Handout | Audio Recording Part I | Audio Recording Part II
January 2019: Praying as Couple
May 18, 2019: Pursuing Common Interests in Marriage
Handout | Audio Recording
June 2019: Converts Perspective
Witness to Love Mentor Meeting