Couples’ course an invaluable help to a better marriage

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The Prassers said that Of Life and Love was a unique support in preparing for marriage.
The Prassers said that Of Life and Love was a unique support in preparing for marriage.

When Trent Prasser proposed to future wife Judy in the middle of an apple orchard six months after meeting her, it was her “ardent desire to know and be known by God” that had drawn him to her above all.

For Judy, it was the sight of him unselfconsciously entertaining a mutual friends’ baby the afternoon they met.

“That really impressed me,” she says.

The members of the Maternal Heart of Mary parish in Lewisham chose the Sydney Archdiocese’s marriage preparation course titled Of Life and Love after a friend recommended it for its fidelity to Church teaching.

Now settled into happy married life and enjoying their newborn daughter Thérèse Marie, the couple say that the practical aspects of the course have held them in good stead as well.

“The psychology aspects were very helpful, things like communication, the different temperaments and differences between the sexes,” said Trent.

“It’s helped us to better understand each other’s needs and the way we respond to things.”

The next Of Life and Love Course will be held over three consecutive Wednesday evenings during March at The Assisi Centre, 3 Keating Street, Lidcombe. There will also be a course held in October.

Chris Gordon, Director of the Sydney Archdiocese’s Life, Marriage and Family Centre, said that the course is balanced with a variety of expert speakers covering topics of faith and belief, along with the nuts and bolts of daily married life such as communication and financial skills.

While there is time for private discussions between couples, there are no group discussions. “One of the more popular sessions introduces couples to the ‘long haul’, with a testimony from a long-time married couple that has overcome serious difficulties such as infidelity or addictions,” said Chris.

The cost is $310 per couple. For details email [email protected] or call 93078400.