Fr. Art Cavitt is the facilitator. Please bring a Bible (New American Edition) is preferred and materials for taking notes. Hand-outs will be provided.
There is no charge for the sessions. However, free will offerings to the Center are always welcome. Please call 314.367.7929 or email us at email@example.com to register your contact information.
Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation Program
The divorce rate in the United States is 40 to 50 percent of all marriages. Among African American couples, the rate is 42 to 60 percent. The United States rate for divorce after remarriage is an astounding 75 percent for all couples. There is a dire need for marriage preparation as well as ongoing marriage enrichment.
The Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation Workshop at the St. Charles Lwanga Center has been in existence since May 1992. It began with facilitator/coordinator couple Suzette and Edward Blanc assembling various materials suitable for conducting such a workshop and getting Archdiocesan approval for the content and materials.
Mature love comes alive in a marriage when God is the Center. In other words, Marriage Takes Three.
Our program is presented with the essence of shared experiences of long married Catholic couples. One of the most common questions is "How did you make your marriage last for so many years?" Another question is "How did you handle this problem or that problem?" A sense of humor is important in a good marriage, but if it is not centered on God, it is doomed to failure. We begin our workshop with a session on the Sacrament of Matrimony. We give examples of how we met and resolved problems in our own lives. Our presenters stress the need for "unconditional love,” being truly committed to the relationship and keeping God as the third person in the relationship.
The Lwanga Center staff and North Deanery pastors have been extremely supportive and helpful. Couples attending the workshops have been very receptive and, when contacted during our follow-up, they indicate they benefited from what they learned. Since our program welcomes all ethnic groups and religious denominations, many couples of diverse ethnicity attend these workshops. The Center conducts workshops four times a year, during winter (February), spring (April), summer (August) and fall (October). We currently have four couples involved as “Facilitator Couples.”
Ministry of Consolation
The St. Charles Lwanga Center established a Bereavement Ministry in May 2002. It is also known as the Ministry of Consolation and is affiliated with the Missouri Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Ministry of Consolation is designed to be an instructional and spiritual resource support group for parishes and individuals who want to minister to those who are experiencing loss. This includes grief from death, loss of employment, physical and emotional health, self –esteem and relationships. Lwanga Center has a Ministers of Consolation Support Group that meets on the 2nd Friday of each odd numbered month at the Center. Guest speakers are invited to update the group on current issues.
Lwanga's Legal Ministry partners with the Archdiocesan Legal Ministry to offer
“Ask the Lawyer”referral services only. Attorneys are not entering into legal
representation unless a contract for legal services is signed by the
client and attorney. St. Charles Lwanga Center assumes no responsibility
for the legal education provided. Attorney/client relationship and
responsibility exists only between contracting parties.