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Building marriages, family life at Curepe parish

The Family Life Unit (FLU) of Our Lady of Fatima, Curepe is working to create opportunities for families to connect and through this, encourage the community or a “family of families” in faith and love.

From fun game nights to workshops for couples, mentorship training to dinner and dancing, we have tried to balance activities for the whole family with opportunities for support and growth.

Two of the most recent events took place in July. The first was a five-week programme entitled ‘Please Understand Me’ conducted by the Companions of the Transfigured Christ. This workshop was truly transformational and all who attended felt it was well worth it.

We had couples at varying stages of relationship—from those over 30 years married to those who were dating for two or more years. The course opened new levels of understanding for everyone. Every couple should do this course!

We also celebrated the Feast of Sts Joachim and Anne with a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jason Gordon, followed by dinner and dancing.

Even though their church is undergoing major renovations, the community at St John the Baptist, St Augustine graciously hosted this event where over 40 couples were in attendance from St John, Our Lady of Fatima and Kelly Village.

On this occasion, we honoured our longest married couple (53 years) and our newest married couple (7 days). His Grace gave an inspiring homily, making us laugh at those typical “married people” anecdotes while reminding us that marriage is a vocation and that “the heart of that vocation is the sanctification of your spouse”. He pointed out that it is in marriage that we learn to truly love.

This is at the heart of what the FLU at Our Lady of Fatima hopes to do—create those opportunities for deepening of relationships so we may all learn to truly love one another and be living examples of God’s love. —Nicole Boodhan-Thomas, FLU Co-ordinator with her husband, Jason Thomas