Worldwide Marriage Encounter - Philippines


Marriage Encounter is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together . . . a time to share their feelings, their hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations . . . and to do so openly and honestly in a face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with the one person they have chosen to live with for the rest of their life.

The emphasis of Marriage Encounter is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life, to concentrate on each other.

It's not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian Marriage.

This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together. To rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention.

Pope Encourages Married Couples, Providing Three Key Words To Strengthen Marriages

AUGUST 1, 2016

On Thursday, July 28, 2016, Pope Francis spoke from his balcony to young people present in Krakow, Poland. The primary focus of his address was married life. Pope Francis listed and explained “three key words” for married couples to embrace in their everyday lives, a theme he returns to often. These three words, which Pope Francis said strengthen marriages, are “permission, thanks, and forgiveness.”

Pope Francis advised spouses to seek out the opinion of the other before making decisions. He also suggested that spouses express gratitude to each other frequently, for “the sacramental relationship is maintained with this sentiment of gratitude, of thanks.” Finally, Pope Francis concluded his address by emphasizing the value and importance of forgiveness in the context of married life. The pope encouraged married persons to strive to end each day in harmony and peace with each other.

Pope Francis called out all young married couples in particular, declaring how courageous they are for partaking in the Sacrament of Marriage: “I tell them that they are the ones who have courage, because it’s not easy to form a family.” The Pope invited the youth present at his balcony address to pray for all engaged and married couples, as well as for families. Read the full address here.

Pope Greets From Window - CTV Screenshot

Following his first World Youth Day event with the young people in Blonia Park Thursday evening, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the Archbishopric of Krakow to greet the faithful gathered in the Square in front. Among those gathered were many couples and newlyweds.

Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

Rome, Italy, Jun 16, 2016 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated June 17, 2016 to include a clarification by the Vatican: Pope Francis approved a revision to the official transcript to say that “a portion” of sacramental marriages are null, instead of “the great majority.”

Pope Francis said Thursday that many sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment. While he initially said in unscripted comments that “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null,” he later approved a revision of these remarks.

PRAYER FOR THE 72nd National Board Meeting July 15-17, 2016, Tanauan, Batangas

PRAYER FOR THE 72nd National Board Meeting

July 15-17, 2016, Tanauan, Batangas

Heavenly Father,

we thank you for the gift of life and love,
for the gift of marriage and family.
When you created man and woman in your image and likeness,
you inscribed deep in the heart of every man and woman
a deep longing for love and communion,
which you fulfill in marriage,
where “man leaves father and mother and clings to his wife
and the two of them become one flesh.”

Church Communication Must Unite Truth and Mercy, Says Pope

Recall s That Today Is 50th World Day of Communication


Pope Francis noted that today is the 50th World Day of Communication, expressing his hope that communicators for the Church always unite truth and mercy.

The Pope mentioned today’s commemoration after praying the midday Regina Caeli with those in St. Peter’s Square.

His message for the world day this year focuses on “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter.”

The Holy Father cited his message for this year in noting that the world day was established by the Second Vatican Council, and that the “council fathers, reflecting on the Church in the modern world, understood the crucial importance of communication, that can ‘build bridges between individuals and within families, social groups and peoples. This is possible both in the material world and the digital world.’”

“I offer everyone in the field of communication a warm greeting,” he said, “and I hope that our way of communicating in the Church always has a clear evangelical style, a style that unites the truth with mercy.”

The new commandment (St. Augustine)

From a treatise on John by Saint Augustine, bishop

(Tract. 65, 1-3: CCL 36, 490-492)

The new commandment

A new commandment I give you, that you love one another. This commandment that he is giving them is a new one, the Lord Jesus tells his disciples. Yet was it not contained in the Old Law, where it is written: You shall love your neighbor as yourself? Why does the Lord call it new when it is clearly so old? Or is the commandment new because it divests us of our former selves and clothes us with the new man? Love does indeed renew the man who hears, or rather obeys its command; but only that love which Jesus distinguished from a natural love by the qualification: As I have loved you.

This is the kind of love that renews us. When we love as he loved us we become new men, heirs of the new covenant and singers of the new song. My brothers, this was the love that even in bygone days renewed the holy men, the patriarchs and prophets of old. In later times it renewed the blessed apostles, and now it is the turn of the Gentiles. From the entire human race throughout the world this love gathers together into one body a new people, to be the bride of God’s only Son. She is the bride of whom it is asked in the Song of Songs: Who is this who comes clothed in white? White indeed are her garments, for she has been made new; and the source of her renewal is none other than this new commandment.

Congratulation Fr. Boy

A PHD is not an easy task at all. It takes blood, sweat and a lot of coffee. Congratulations Fr. Boy you made it. Congratulations on this outstanding feat. Well done, Paring Boy.

From your WWME Philippines family,

The National Ecclesial Team
The National Board Members
The loving couples of the community
Your Deeper Weekend classmate, Gerry/Mila

The Father is now a Ph.D in Organization Development. Thanks to all who made it possible! Long live COSCA! This is for you!

Easter Message



Let us rejoice that the Risen Christ is with us in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.


The Risen Christ,
Ambrogio de Stefano Borgognone, 1510

We are assured that all sins, debts are forgiven and condoned. Everyone and everything is declared free so all will be able to start all over again.

Such is the great mercy of God.


All of us can start anew and be free. The best is coming to be.

Let us all start and begin to build a better relationship, begin to build a better community of persons,
and begin to build a better movement, all coming to be better than before.

Let us take advantage of this great Jubilee of Mercy. Let us begin . . .

May we all be blessed by the Risen Lord of love, joy and peace.

Christ in us, the hope of glory. Amen!

Edgar Bebing and Fr. Junjun

An Easter Message of Fr. Tom

Artist: Raphael
Year: 1499–1502
Type: Oil on panel
Location: São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo


May the Peace, Love, Freedom which our Lord brought to us through His Resurrection be with you all.

We continue to journey in this world as pilgrims, a walk in faith pilgrimage towards our "new Jerusalem."

We always consider that we need provisions in this journey in order for us to reach our destination.We need one another as husband and wife, to be companion to walk with. We need someone with whom we could share our experiences,doubts, fears, longings and anxieties in life. But the most important thing that we should not forget is the abiding presence of the Resurrected Lord though He comes to us sometimes unrecognized. This is the fruit of the resurrection. This is the Good News for us all. This is the kind of faith we should live.

Happy Easter!


Fr. Tomas E. Rito
San Mateo Chaplaincy
Bacolod City

Message from the NET and the UAE update

MESSAGE from the NET

To Our Dearest Lovers,

This is our big chance to let our relatives, friends and other Filipino couples, who are in Dubai to experience the WWME weekend.

Dubai will have a weekend on:

Oct 29-31 and Nov 5-7, 2015

If anyone knows a couple in Dubai, kindly send their names and contact phone/email to Nelson and Lucy Miranda (or to Gerry/Mila De Jesus @ [email protected]) and they will take care of contacting these Filipinos compatriots.

[email protected]
+0971 50 495 4643

This is our chance to evangelize our kababayans in that part of the world. Let us include the Dubai WWME Community weekends in all our prayers. Salamat.

All for God's glory
Edgar/Bibing Sarrosa and Fr. Junjun Limbaga

UAE update

Dearest Lovers,

We ( 2 couples and Fr. Aru) travelled to Bahrain and conducted the below programme for 19 couples 2 singles.

The feedback we got was very encouraging as some may make it to Dubai for the weekends at the end of this month.

Many of them asked for the weekends in Bahrain and we promised them we would look at arranging a weekend there in the near future.

Another wonderful news is that we found a Filipino priest Fr Peter Eugenio who is an ME priest and has given the Weekends in the past. He was very Happy for us coming to Bahrain and Enthusiastic about starting ME there.

May Jesus Guide us as we go into our weekends in Dubai. If any of your countries have couples living in the UAE or anywhere in the gulf please encourage them to make it to the weekends in Dubai.

Love and blessings
Nelson Lucia & Fr Arul.


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