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May 30th, 2013 - Christine-976614 said:

terribly two couples this month have cancelled their weddings at his parish because of the way he talks to people

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April 28th, 2013 - Philomena-687435 said:

Nothing for the singles and widows and widowers. It seems like everyone forgot about the widows like in the Acts of the Apostles....

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April 25th, 2013 - Richard-748304 said:

does a poor job

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April 5th, 2013 - SeJin-868712 said:

I have not discussed this issue with church people, but would like to hear their advice/suggestion later.

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January 31st, 2013 - Christine-414029 said:

Mine doesn't either.. Maybe we all should suggest it at our parishes.

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December 29th, 2012 - Chris-466036 said:

We have activities for young adults in different parishes in the Diocese but never for singles only which is something that I wish would change. I've never seen my parish priest address singles' only issues.

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November 28th, 2012 - Karen-921328 said:

I've seen some activities for "young adults", ages 20 - 30's. I've never heard about a singles ministry for 40's and above.

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November 11th, 2012 - Michael-504832 said:

Does a poor job at my parish...Everything is centered around parish families

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November 11th, 2012 - Janis-863452 said:

He doesn't address singles' at all.

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October 21st, 2012 - Bette-909502 said:

Not very well but the poor guy is overworked!

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October 9th, 2012 - Teresa-905257 said:

He doesn't.

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September 26th, 2012 - Carole-893801 said:

He doesn't.

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September 21st, 2012 - MaryJane-619001 said:

I go to a university church in an academic town. I love our Pastor. However, when I asked him about a singles group he shrugged me off. He was open to ME starting one, but that's intimadating to me. Does anyone have any ideas??

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July 21st, 2012 - Kris-876181 said:

Does a poor job.

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May 20th, 2012 - John-790192 said:

Does a very poor job. in fact within the Diosease the emphasis is 100% on families -- and rightly so in the culrurally challenging time.

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April 25th, 2012 - Linda-374121 said:

I notice in our bulletin that there are some activities for singles but nothing directed at the over 50 crowd. Besides, in those rare occasions that there is something mentioned for the younger ones --- I have never seen anything that was happening in my area --- it's normally across town somewhere.

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March 30th, 2012 - Bob-793475 said:

your not getting the point, This is a wide scale issue for the successful growth and continuity of the church. It extends further than the parish level and individual priest's responsibility.

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March 26th, 2012 - Bob-793475 said:

Seriously, all Parishes around the globe should be involved in a service like this. Here is the explanation: This website is for profit. However it would be in the best interest of the Catholic church to subsidize this site in order to make it free to users. This seems outrageous at first thought, but think again.. a little bit harder. People will shy away from a website like this because cost, fear others aren't fully subscribed, and other complications which are associated with online dating. So it its natural that people who are considering this site will avoid it and end up dating/marrying someone who does not share the same faith/interest/commitment to the faith. This results in loss of future revenue to the church for generations to come. Think of it as a business closing down and the church is the government who loses all future tax revenue. In today's society it is becoming more difficult for young Catholics to live according to their faith and has become too easy for us to take concessions in our faith when trying to compromise in relationships.

As young Catholics, we need to be brought together to support each other, especially when it comes to dating. The church needs to fight to make sure young Catholics are marrying other young Catholics.This will ensure future revenue for the church and happiness to catholic marriages. It is definitely in the Church's best interest to use this website as a tool to continue to unite and grow the faith... Otherwise our faith will continue to deteriorate as it has with the past generation.Society has pulled people away from the church...but has also given the church an unlikely tool to continue to grow: the internet. I plea for someone with power to act in the church to do something, on behalf of all young Catholics, please.

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March 23rd, 2012 - Cathy-816258 said:

I just moved to Philly last August and have been looking for a Catholic church with a young adult group or something. So far, I've only found one church that even had any people my age (<30 excluding kids). I feel like my generation is expected to only use online sources for dating, no one seems to think we want to actually meet real people face to face anymore.

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February 12th, 2012 - Andrew-782160 said:

He doesn't

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January 15th, 2012 - Allan-664374 said:

Same in France, when there is an action which aim at that such as spiritual retreat for singles, they talk about it in the catholic newspapers...

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January 8th, 2012 - Lorrie-735074 said:

NO SINGLES ISSUES are EVER addressed at my parish.

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December 27th, 2011 - Sandra-413601 said:

My parish does not like to talk about dating or single Catholics. My parish is, I believe, an ethnic ghetto. Everyone is either Irish or German. My family is neither-we were never really welcome and although I have belonged there since I was born-they don't even know who I am. m I recall when shaking the priests hand which I do every time I attend-he asked me if I were new to this church or visiting to which I responded that I was not and have shook his hand and thanked him for the nice sermon almost every Sunday for years. I have been looking for a more welcome church, especially since I have volunteered for stuff for years as well. There are no opportunities for single Catholics.

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November 7th, 2011 - Vivian-787673 said:

Not good at all for widowed singles.

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November 3rd, 2011 - Angela-782878 said:

My parish does not address singles issues at all.

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October 22nd, 2011 - Harry-242614 said:

What Peter said.

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October 18th, 2011 - Peter-449116 said:

He doesn't.

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September 30th, 2011 - Frances-489561 said:

When I asked my parish priest what books were available on dating over 50; I was told he did not know of any. We don't have a singles group in our church.

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September 17th, 2011 - Freddie-714102 said:

How about telling people they ought to behave themselves and live life with an eye to getting married and starting a family:)

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July 26th, 2011 - Lisa-746066 said:

not at all

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July 26th, 2011 - Chloe-692652 said:

parish priest must encourage singles to meet...attend seminars or sunday get together so they will not marry outside the church.

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July 25th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

My diocese has a group for young Catholics (18-35), which is for both married and single. Though I was 40+ when I relocated here, I thought how that would have been a great way to meet single Catholic women. On a side note, my parish has a group for 50 and over too, but if you're 36-49 NADA.

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July 21st, 2011 - Joe-167248 said:

I highly recommend that singles who are truly Catholic Christians (and thus, hungry for MORE of the Lord), attend weekend retrats, a one time night program, Bible study, or the many spiritual growth events listed in the calendar of the diocese newletters. MOST, if not, many who attend are single, and I cannot think of any such meeting I attended that hasn't been a blessing...see you there!

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July 19th, 2011 - Pam-724491 said:

Nothing at all. This question was brought up months ago with several responses. Looking for something to deal with this particular issue. I think it fell on deaf ears.

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July 17th, 2011 - Tina-460442 said:

Nothing for the 'tweens' 40 +

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July 16th, 2011 - Eva-636539 said:

Does not do enough

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July 11th, 2011 - Mary-683263 said:

Nothing in my parish. In fact, I once asked the priest to include single people in his sermons and he wouldn't. Sometimes I feel the church is just for families, although they accept my help and money.

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July 9th, 2011 - Pauline-672102 said:

nothing in my parish

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July 4th, 2011 - Hilda-184281 said:

He doesn't address it, PERIOD There is no ministry for singles in my parish. There is a diocesan youth group - with an elastic upper age bound - and that's the closest thing. So, if you are a single and older than 40 or worst yet, older than 50 then you are out of luck.

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July 1st, 2011 - Ramona-652361 said:

there are things for people 18 to 23, you're over 26 you're sol

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June 28th, 2011 - Nicholas-668660 said:

There is a Catholic singles group in my area, but it is for singles who are much older than I am. For young singles, we're on our own.

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June 28th, 2011 - Ben-634876 said:

There is nothing, I recently converted and there has been nothing at all, was very very surprised at this as I assumed the Catholic Church would be all up for Catholics meeting other Catholics, instead I tend to date non catholics because there is no way for me to meet other single ones

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June 19th, 2011 - Ramona-652361 said:

there is n o t h i n g

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June 16th, 2011 - Richard-143340 said:

June 16th, 2011 Richard-143340 said:Many years ago our former bishop disbanded our divorce recovery singles club. He opined that the club glorified the divorced lifestyle. Unfortunately this sweeping move also netted the annuled and widowed parishoners. We said "too bad, padre" and carried on with our affiliation, away from church property. In subsequent years our group reached out to two non-catholic denominations, and exists to this day. Our thoughts on the bishop's action. "be careful of what you wish, for you just might get it".

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June 11th, 2011 - Anthony-352424 said:

can I comment

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June 4th, 2011 - Estelle-702826 said:

I already voted on this issue. The most neglected age group of singles is the group of singles from 45 to 60. What the church has still not realized is that many of us are on our own again after raising our family and being married for half of our life. Some of us are single because our spouse has died. Some of us are single because our spouse has literally just walked out on us. Afterall, in today's secular society, if one person wants to walk out their spouse is helpless to stop them. Unfortunately us Catholics sometimes get married to people who talk a good talk about never leaving. Now what do we do? I don't want to sit in a bar to meet people my age. I surely would not do what the other woman in my husband's life did. I would not go after my friends husband. Sometimes I feel alienated. Not invited to gatherings, because I would be the only single woman there. Not good. Why can't we have social functions at our church that are meant for Catholic Singles over 45.

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May 30th, 2011 - Mary-94362 said:

In our parish, singles are invisible.

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May 12th, 2011 - Zhi-16063 said:

www.catholicmatch.com/forums/topics/posts.html?topic_id=173587;8

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www.theotokos.mc-design.fr/FTP/calameo/

www.cler.net/rubriques-droites/denissonet/calendrier-2007

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May 12th, 2011 - Zhi-16063 said:

I enjoyed spending one week last May in this session in Greece:

Having, a whole week, twice a day, during a one hour a really deep exchange face to face with a person of the other sex is a tremendous experience (Father SONET says its successful when after one hour you have not finished and want to go on. Its most of the time successful). Its difficult to part after such a stay and people like to meet again.

There will be another week coming summer so more singles will beneficiate from it

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May 12th, 2011 - Zhi-16063 said:

I appreciate Father SONET teaching singles being themselves, to love themselves first, to communicate and to do practical exercises of communication (He is around 85 years old and a practice of more than 40 years counselling married couples.). Its not talking about communication (The mistake most people do) but really communicating about oneself (He says the most intimate inside of us is the most widespread thing we share, and if we share it we become lovable) i.e. not saying one or they . but saying I and expressing what is deep inside of us).

Sessions last in general 3 or 4 days and the restriction is to have the same number of men and women (Difficult for women who are often at least 4 times more numerous in demand at the beginning) because for physical exercise, with the sound of music who get ride of inhibitions, (A dance teacher help Father SONET for musical, dance and physical exercises) and communication people are coupled, one man and one woman (different couple each exercise). to ensure being at ease with physical and communication intimacy A real lesson when some divorced people say they had as much communication in a 3 days week end with total strangers than in years of marriage with their spouse..

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May 12th, 2011 - Zhi-16063 said:

There is some change:

I appreciated, Father RAVEL (Now bishop of the army diocese) teaching singles about loneliness (Which can be worse in a married couple. To be two is not necessary better) and what it brings to us time for searching meaning...

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May 12th, 2011 - Zhi-16063 said:

I just read the forum who quote this poll

Even if I am geographically very far, and in a different country France, from most of you I agree that here the feeling was too that singles were not the priority of the Church to say the least. Except as say Linda singles having time to do things that need to be done

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May 12th, 2011 - Tom-352850 said:

Part of the problem is the age gap. In my parish, there is a youth group (up to 18). That's fine for teenagers. We have a college nearby...that may help some. The nearest 20 to 40 group is 25 miles away. There are other singles groups around, but they are 50 to 75 miles away for the most part.

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April 24th, 2011 - Marie-606363 said:

Looking at the demographics of the poll, I think it speaks for itself. The people of our church are looking for support and guidance from the clergy and do not receive it.

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