Leader's Action Inspires Parish-Wide Marriage Study

CHULA VISTA CA, June 6, 2014 - When Catholics for the Common Good County Co-Chair Michael Brault approached Father Luke Jauregui, pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Chula Vista, CA about organizing a study program on the defense and promotion of the true meaning of marriage during Lent, he jumped at the opportunity.   At weekend Masses before Ash Wednesday he made an appeal to his parishioners, asking them to join a study group centered on Catholics for the Common Good's book "Getting the Marriage Conversation Right."   A total of 80 parishioners signed up to participate in one of 6 English or Spanish groups that met weekly.  Two of the groups were led by Father Jauregui himself.

Brault, who is the immediate past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, said that people were very pleased with the study.  "Several told me that they were already using ideas they picked up from the study in conversations they were having with family and friends."

Later this month the parish plans to host an evening meeting where the participants can provide feedback on the study itself as well as discuss opportunities to further a positive marriage movement to rebuild a marriage culture in their community. Activities include the distribution of educational literature in the parish and public forums, outreach to help people understand the crisis due to the breakdown of marriage that is touching almost every family as well as organizing and continuing study and formation programs.

"What happened at St. Pius X can happen at other parishes too!" said Brian Piecuch, the Operations Manager of CCG. "Many priests are very open to programs like this to help parishioners navigate the minefield due to current attacks on marriage and the Church. Whether it is starting a little Faith and Action circle among friends or proposing that existing faith sharing groups take six weeks to study 'Getting the Marriage Conversation Right,' learning how to talk about marriage in ways that people can understand is vital." 

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