Sunday, November 3, 2019

Summer Lovin'

This summer brought some new fun things to the ministry. Marywood is looking good with all the updates. We are working around their schedule and prepping for the price hike. Convention was in Mobile in July. The couples who went had an amazing time and said the speakers were awesome.
Marywood is looking great! (Pics from the June weekend)
We are offering less weekends each year, but it looks good to have many couples at each weekend. 
June weekend in the pod, but look at that cute baby!
The pool party in July out partied the summer rain. I hear there was a good turn out for that. There was an August meeting. Here are the minutes from the meeting. I'm going to create a tab to start putting minutes for easy access. So keep an eye out for that. There was a fun, social out at the beach with the Mad Cowford Improv group. Super cool! I hope we do more socials like that!
August weekend

Improv Night Out

Friday, March 22, 2019

2019 Update

You guys! I'm back to blogging! After an amazing enrichment and discernment earlier this month, we have some new local coordinators! Congratulations Ron & Patty Pendleton!
New LC's Patty & Ron
Our awesome community praying over the new coordinators.
Great photo by Steve Perez!
We'd like to give a HUGE shout out to the Oehmanns and Andersons for a fabulous two years of service to CEE as coordinators. They are two inspirational couples who do so much for this ministry. Thank you guys for all your hard work! Let's keep the party going! Take a look at the calendar on the right for upcoming events. Check out the links at the top for weekend schedules and other info.

I'm not going to go back and update from the last 2 years (check out our Facebook page for a lot of it). I'd like to highlight a few things, though. The Delgadillos welcomed baby Luca to their family. Awesome birth story- what a cool couple! Linda is kicking cancer like a champion. We're so proud of her fight! Marilyn lost her mother at the impressive age of 91. Please keep the Gibson family in your prayers. Here are some fun pictures from the last few months.
We had 19 couples at the February weekend! Marywood is looking awesome with all the upgrades!

The Perezes hosted the Christmas party. Awesome turn out with lots of laughs!
You have to smile when you see this picture! Fr. Donal cracks me up along with Ron's photo bombs!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Doublemint Discernment

We had an awesome Discernment today! Rick & Patty Ruppert flew in from Baltimore to run it for us. They did such a great job. We made breakfast casseroles and brought the Keurig. The babysitter bailed last minute, but we managed with a great team! After lots of talking, laughing and praying- The Andersons and Oehmanns are our co-coordinators!
Drinking coffee and listening to the amazing Rupperts

Doublemint twins taking over! Top pic: the Andersons & Oehmanns. Middle pic: us, the outgoing Bravos with the new team. Bottom pic: the doublemint co-coordinators with the Rupperts
Also, we'd like to send thoughts and prayers to the Perez family on the loss of Steve's mom, Maria. We're here for you guys!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spread the Love

We were super bummed to have to cancel the February weekend. We only had 2 couples signed up to go. Marywood was awesome and allowed us to move our deposit to March, where our numbers are much better. It seems like a trend that the number of Catholic marriages is declining. That's very sad. We need to work on encouraging our friends and couples we meet to go on a weekend! We had an awesome meeting tonight. It was our last monthly enrichment & gathering as LCs. We spiced it up by having some live music. John Piantidosi played the guitar and sang some love songs. We had a pasta bar (think Lady and the Tramp romance). It was a great turn out! A few couples we hadn't seen in a while! We covered a bunch of business and even did an Objectives and Goals list to prep for Discernment next month. We're looking forward to seeing you all on March 11th at Sacred Heart!
How cute are these two dancing to their wedding song!?

Prepping for Discernment

The kids loved the music, too!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A New Year for Marriage Prep

In the first month of 2017, Pope Francis spoke to the Roman Rota and discussed the importance of the family and the need for a “new catechumenate” for marriage preparation.  Here is the unofficial translation of the text. And we are rockin' right along with just that. We had to have our enrichment before the weekend this month, which is always a bummer. We are starting out small for some reason. Our gathering was small- and we were booted to the cafeteria. Fried chicken always helps with that, though. It was a gorgeous night for glow sticks on the playground for the kids. We had a new St. Matthews couple join us as well. We started the Discernment process by coming up with a list of strengths and weaknesses for our ministry. Make sure Discernment is on your calendar! March 11th at Sacred Heart!
Ron took notes from the enrichment so he and Patty could do it together later (how sweet). Don't mind the fried chicken grease all over his plate- or the huge slice of Denver's Birthday cake!
Check out all those strengths!
The January weekend was also really small with 6 couples. It was still a wonderful and intimate weekend. It was the Hoggatts first time as BTS and they are on fire! Yay! Also yay for Fr. Ed being able to speak Spanish! Great work, team!
Fr. Ed, the Pendletons, Hoggatts and Flahertys: January Dream Team!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Cheer!

We had the CEE Christmas party this weekend! We missed those of you who missed it, but man, we had a great time! Awesome turn out, great BBQ, tasty drinks and a fabulous fire. Lots of great belly laughs, just what we need during this stressful time! The gift exchange was so much fun! We hope the energy and cheer continues into the new year for our ministry. Merry Christmas!
Lots of stealing in the White Elephant gift exchange!
So much fun with these folks!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Happy Fall, Y'all!

We don't have a CEE weekend in September, but we did have an enrichment and gathering. We had a pretty good turn out and did Publix fried and rotisserie chickens. Can't go wrong there! We keep this neat book in our car for road trips. So we asked the group the questions at the end. That was neat! The October weekend was gorgeous. The dream team did so well with the 12 couples.
So neat watching the couples!
The October Dream Team! Pendletons, Hutchinsons, Cooks & Fr. Ed

For our November gathering we had a few crockpots of chili. Perfect night! We got shirts for the dream team to wear on the Friday night of a weekend (or when ever). We are hoping to put in another order, so let us know if you'd like a shirt or another one. The ministry will pay a portion of your first shirt. They look great! Great job on getting those done, Oehmanns!
Just a pic of our meeting spot these days, with this cool sign that a community in Tampa sent us.
Yay for the November dream team! The Yazdiyas went to shadow and write talks. We roped them into doing BTS while they were there ;-). This was the first time the Flahertys were kid-free. Wooo whooo! With some last minute changes, there was a total of 16 couples! Awesome! Too windy for a bonfire but the weekend went very well. We're still waiting on pictures (ah-hem), especially of the new shirts!