CMPC Convention for presenting couples

Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC) presenting couples gathered, Nov 8-10, for their biennial convention.

Nov 29, 2019

By Stewart & Vivienne
Catholic Marriage Preparation Course (CMPC) presenting couples gathered, Nov 8-10, for their biennial convention.

In line with the Extraordinary Missionary Year, the theme chosen for the Convention was Our Couple Mission Today with the Aim and Objective being “To Enhance our Missionary Spirit in order to Journey with Engaged Couples and Newly-weds in Facing Challenges of the Modern World, especially in the Area of their Sexuality.”

Participants at the Convention were touched by the sharing of Deacon Dr Leslie Petrus and his wife Fiona speaking on Our mission as a couple and Marriage and Millennials: Realities and Challenges which touched on understanding millennials (the age group that comes for CMPC now)  This was followed by a workshop discussion (and report) on our experiences with millennials at our CMPC and what we need to change to engage them better. Out of the many behavioural patterns peculiar to millennials, one stands out: poor knowledge of their faith (of the Catholic party)

The second presenter, Andrew  Kong from the Archdiocese of Singapore, delivered an insightful series of talks on Sex and Sexuality, giving the couples a simple overview of St Pope John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body.’ Many eyes (and hearts) were opened as Kong passionately expounded on the beauty and sacredness of sex and marriage as “male and female  He created them.”

Gina Yong, a member of the CMPC core group then gave a lively presentation on tips to engage couples and challenged everyone to up their game to deal with the fast changing mindset of the millennial generation or lose them altogether.

The last session, Let’s Talk had  many participants sharing their opinions and ideas on how to do better in their mission as presenters by improving content, delivery style and engaging the couples with their love and authenticity.

Throughout the convention there were opportunities to break out into smaller groups as couples or individuals for further discussion and feedback on the sharing. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of routine (especially together as a couple) and gather to share mutual experiences, joys, challenges and develop new friendships, but above all, to be more informed, to be formed in their couple spirituality and to know that God loves marriages, that He is on our side.

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