Witness to Love
Supporting Your Marriage during COVID-19
Are you looking for a way to grow closer to your beloved and God during these uncertain times in our lives? Do you miss date nights out? Are you looking for ways to connect with other couples while social distancing?
Join Marriage Champions from around the country for a 5 part marriage enrichment and renewal series hosted by Ryan and Mary Rose Verret, founders of Witness to Love Marriage Renewal Ministry. During this time of social isolation, our Domestic Church is in even greater need of relationship with God and others. This is our time as married couples to shine and be the light to those in our homes and communities. Register today and let your marriage BE LIGHT!
You are encouraged to attend this virtual date night with couples you are friends with and discuss the follow up questions with them each night.
Together we will explore various topics including belonging, expectations, the need for community, couples works of mercy and living as missionary disciples. We will dive deep into catechesis, marriage formation and evangelization as we grow closer to our beloved and in relationship with God. This series is designed to meet the needs of couples who want to use the challenge of social distancing to grow closer to each other and build relationships with other couples.
Each date night will include a video from a dynamic couple, reflection questions and recommended resources. The feel will be a combination of date night/parish mission/retreat/small group. Take this time to renew your marriage and build new relationships with other couples!
Register today at witnesstolove.org/belight
Accompanying Engaged Couples to and through their Wedding
The Diocese of Orange highly recommends that parishes use the marriage formation program Witness to Love. Witness to Love is a virtues-based, Catechumenate model of marriage renewal and preparation that integrates modern principles of psychology and the virtues to help couples facilitate an authentic dialogue about their relationship. What makes Witness to Love unique is that the engaged couple chooses their own mentor couple. This is a couple they both admire and see as a source of faith formation. This mentor couple gives them a concrete connection and integration into the parish. Through the sharing of the mentor couples’ own marriage journey, the engaged couple inherits a “lifeline” of support in their commitment to Jesus and His Church.
To further assist and support parishes in adopting Witness to Love, the Diocese is hosting a Training Event in Spanish on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Pastoral Center from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This half-day training is for priests, deacons, and marriage formation ministers who are starting Witness to Love for the first time in their parishes and who wish to cater the program to their Spanish speaking engaged and married couples. The training and program materials will be in Spanish. Cost is $60 per person or couple (1 training set included) or $10 per person for those who already have a training set.
Please keep in mind that parishes do not need to send mentor couples to this training since engaged couples are being invited to choose their own mentors. Instead, pastors should send the people from their marriage formation teams who are going to assist the priests in implementing this program in the parish. For guidelines regarding marriage prep coordinators, please click here for a Marriage Prep Coordinator Description.
In Witness to Love, engaged couples are encouraged to select a mentor or sponsor couple to walk with them on their preparation journey. The goal of this one-on-one contact is much like it is in RCIA: to form a parish-based friendship with the engaged couple that bears witness to the Sacrament of Matrimony in its lived reality. Through loving, encouraging and listening to the engaged couple, the sponsor couple also welcomes them anew into a living relationship with Jesus. The sponsor couple should meet with the engaged couple several times in a more relaxed and social setting, e.g., in their homes, and should also, as appropriate, follow up with them after the wedding.
Currently in the Diocese of Orange, San Antonio de Padua Church in Anaheim Hills has been fruitfully running Witness to Love since February 2018. Deacon Russ and Jody Millspaugh have been leading the effort at that parish and are excited to share our local “success story” to encourage more parishes in our diocese to adopt Witness to Love as part of their marriage formation.
For further questions, please contact Linda Ji, Director of Pastoral Care at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.282.4203