Couples, are you looking for a unique date night idea that will enrich both your relationship and your spiritual lives? Grab your favorite beverage and join other couples for an uplifting Couples’ Happy Hour that will inspire you and offer different perspectives about romance, relationships and family life.
The Diocesan Catholic Family Services Office is sponsoring a virtual Couples’ Happy Hour the second Friday every other month beginning September 9 from 7-8:30 p.m.. Each evening will include a presentation on topics relevant to today’s couples, their relationship and families. Couples will have time to share privately on questions pertinent to the evening’s topic.
Pat and Mary-Jo McLaughlin will host the program. They have been married for 32 years and have three adult children and two granddaughters. The McLaughlins have given many marriage enrichments and are a presenting team couple for Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), a Catholic-based marriage enrichment program.
They have served in various leadership roles within WWME, most recently as the leadership couple for the Connecticut/Albany and Western Massachusetts area and before that as New England regional leaders. Mary-Jo is the current coordinator for Catholic Family Services and Pat is the director of public works for the City of Norwich. They are parishioners of The Holy Spirit Catholic Community at St. Mary Church, Jewett City.
The Couples’ Happy Hour will take place online via a Webex platform. To register, call Mary-Jo at 860-848-2237, Ext. 312, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. A link to the event will be sent out a few days prior to September 9.
There is no cost to participate, just a desire to spend time enriching your relationship and join other couples in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Don’t forget to bring your favorite beverage.
By Mary-Jo McLaughlin