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  • A Shared Heritage Brought Kevin & Melissa Together

    Kevin and Melissa were both native Pittsburghers, who each relocated to Dixie and were living in South Carolina. It turns out their shared heritage—both in the Steel City and in the Catholic faith itself—ended up bringing them together.

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  • Married Couples Need Support

    This past summer, my husband and I invited his coworker and wife—a couple about to celebrate their second year of marriage—over for dinner. During our conversation, we mentioned celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary.  My husband’s coworker asked, “So how does year nine compare with the first year?” We laughed...

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  • Too Busy For Lent? (Video)

        Lent is on its way and soon we, as a Catholic community, will turn our focus to the passion and suffering of Christ. Or will we? We lead very busy lives and fulfill many commitments and responsibilities, so it’s no surprise that taking time for prayer can...

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  • National Catholic Register Celebrates Marriage the Catholic Way

    The National Catholic Register recently featured an article by Lori Hadacek Chaplin about National Marriage Week. The article featured marriage experts who talk about the reasons why marriage must be protected. Additionally, they suggest ways to strengthen marriages and advise parishes to promote marriage-enriching activities and events. Both Brian Barcaro,...

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  • Why Don’t I Feel at Peace About Being Single?

    Dear Mary Beth, If a person has discerned their vocation and really feels that they are called to marriage and the person is just not being brought into their life, how do you keep your spirits up?  I believe that God wants us to be generally happy and at...

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  • A Perceived Breakup Was Really A Marriage Proposal

    “Just then he pulled out a piece of paper from his jacket pocket and began reading a Bible verse,” she said. “He then got down on one knee and pulled out a ring form his pocket….I cried out of joy, disbelief and confusion. I was not going to lose…

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  • There’s More Than Saying ‘Yes to the Dress’

    “This is it.” I glided out of the dressing room with a smile on my face as memorable as the trail of organza behind me. Stepping up onto a box stool to face a wall of mirrors, I watched the reflection of my Mom and maid of honor registering...

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  • Annulments: Can You Tell When You’re Being Fooled?

    My husband always says, “You can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of the girl.” This is his nice way of saying I can be an airhead sometimes and it’s true because I can be naive. I’ve learned the hard way that you...

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  • A Dating Site for Catholics? What!?!?

    Brian didn’t laugh off online dating, but it would be mistake to say he was optimistic when he joined CatholicMatch. “I had done the online dating thing before,” he said. “Failed attempts and wasted subscription money.” A long-distance relationship had ended after six months. He also saw the CatholicMatch…

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  • Saying No to the ‘Bridal Hunger Games’

    The commercials have already started. Lose five pounds every week with no diet or exercise! Say goodbye to those love handles for good with our new miracle pill! Start the new year as a new, skinnier you! We’ve seen dozens of weight loss advertisements attempting to convince us that...

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