With the intent of highlighting the importance of the Sacrament of Marriage and the reality that we are all members of God’s family, a Celebration of Marriage and Families has been planned in the diocese for Sunday, October 1, 2006, at the Church of St. Mary in Bird Island, MN, beginning at 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by a light supper. There will be a prayer service presided by Bishop John C. Nienstedt. Bishop will offer a special blessing to all those in attendance – married and unmarried, widow and widower, young and old.
The celebration will include age-appropriate focus sessions on marriage and family. Adult sessions will be held in English and Spanish. The English session will feature a panel of married couples facilitated by Christopher Loetscher, Director of the diocesan Office of Family Life. Facilitating couples are Christy and Steve Arnold of St. John in Morton, Lori and Don of St. John in Hector, and Joanne and Glenn Pohland of St. Pius X in Glencoe. The couples will offer reflections on the Church’s teaching about marriage and then proceed into questions and responses with the audience. A similar session in Spanish will be facilitated by Msgr. Eugene Lozinski.
Bishop Nienstedt will meet with high school students followed by a question and answer format. This will provide an opportunity for students to better understand the Church’s teachings about marriage and family. The session for grades 5 through 8, will feature Kara Kleina songwriter and advocate for life. She will speak and give a short concert.
There will also be a session for elementary-age children, and kindergarten through grade 4. Child care for the very young is available.