IN reply to your article last week (CL 19/3/06) entitled “Marriage made in heaven but lived on earth”, by Fr Kevin McGovern, we were indeed pleased to see that Teams of Our Lady was mentioned as being a quality marriage enrichment program.
In fact, Teams is an ongoing enrichment experience, which becomes a “way of life” for most couples, including ourselves, for 28 years.
Now called Teams – a Christian Married Couples’ Movement – we, along with 1000 other couples in Australia and almost 50,000 couples worldwide, have been supported in our relationship as a couple through:
. Meeting monthly as a small Christian community to share our life’s journey.
. Enjoying friendships and laughter over a simple meal.
. Educating ourselves by studying a topic of the group’s choice.
. Praying about our concerns, celebrating our joys and nurturing the relationship of each couple.
Essentially, it is “taking time out” from our busy lives, with, and for our partner, in the belief that good communication and togetherness remain central to successful relationships.
Between meetings, Teams couples are encouraged to pray together and sit down at least once in the month to review their lives in the context of their coupleness.
Teams is unique in that it focuses on couple spirituality, as well as personal spirituality.
We also note the Editor’s comments in the Editorial, “Reaching out to divorced Catholics”, and believe that Teams is increasingly becoming inclusive of married couples who may consider themselves to be “unchurched”.
As indicated in Fr McGovern’s article, we are all called to do what we can to support married couples in their commitment to each other.
We would be happy to hear from any couples who may be interested in finding out more about this movement. Phone (07) 3355 1709 or e-mail email@example.com
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