FIREPROOF YOUR MARRIAGE, KIDS AND FAMILY

 

“Fireproof” the movie is coming Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 to Waynedale“Fireproof” the movie is coming Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 to Waynedale

  

Cupid’s arrow can pierce your heart in a very unique way this Valentine’s Day. A free relationship-enhancing movie called Fireproof will be shown here in Waynedale. This film stars Kirk Cameron from “Growing Pains” as the Captain of the local fire department. He is a hero on the job. However, at home with his wife of seven years, he shows little of the bravery he displays on the job, and has a relationship that is failing as a result. His wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) wants Caleb to be more of a friend and hero at home. She wants a loving relationship and to save their marriage. She is tired of his coming home barely speaking to her, fighting over every little thing, surfing the Internet and other selfish desires.

In this PG-rated movie Caleb needs to find a way to keep his marriage from going up in smoke. Throughout his struggles he learns simple ways of improving, ie., choosing not to speak if he has nothing nice to say, and performing little acts of love for his wife, withstanding the flames of temptation.

Captain Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind.

Inside burning buildings, it is his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his relationship, it is another story. Then as they prepare for divorce, Capt. Holt’s father asks his son to try one last time to save his marriage by reading and following a 40-day challenge described in a book titled, The Love Dare.

YouTube describes this top-grossing indie film as an action-packed story that will have audiences laughing, crying and on the edge of their seats as they are drawn into the world of a firefighter, his wife and a marriage that is under fire.

Father Dave Ruppert, St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Road, explains that the month of February is devoted to building relationships. The movie, he says is heartwarming.

“This inspirational movie has an uplifting message. Appreciate the God-designed differences between men and women, how God’s love enables us to love and break free from temptations.”

Everyone is invited, from all Catholic parishes, other faith traditions and the community. Bring your friends,” Father Dave says. “If you are married or in a relationship this film offers inspiring tips that many couples have used to not only save their relationship, but have used to take it to the next level.”

The story line: To stay in your relationship and/or marriage and improve it. Don’t end it. Lead an honest life, and let your faith in God help guide you.

“Our Parish Mission, involves all relationships,” said Fr. Dave Ruppert, pastor, “from single, divorced, widowed and married couples — the entire family.” The focus is on relationships of all kinds and how to make them better with the help of God’s grace, Fr. Ruppert continued. This mission is a parish-wide Lenten “Love Dare” challenge that gives us something to reflect and focus on each day of Lent. “It’s a unique way for everyone to begin Lent with some real positive, day by day, resolutions,” he added.

So in addition to the dinner and flowers, light a flame to rededicate your love to that someone special by watching the movie Fireproof on the evening of Saturday, February 13 at 7pm or the afternoon of Sunday, February 14 at 2pm. Both days the movie will be shown at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Road, in the church. Babysitting will be provided Saturday night.

 

Then, if you so desire, explore God’s design for relationships and marriage with St. Therese’s Parish mission. They will be taking the experience one step further by using the movie Fireproof, as an illustration, along with a four-part series. This mission is for single, divorced, widowed, married, and entire families. It’s appropriate for high school teens and adults.

Following the two-hour movie, at 7pm on Sunday evening, Father Dave will facilitate a 4-series Lenten study.

Beginning with an Evening Prayer, a witness talk will be given by Jason Garrett. Jason is a pastoral associate, counselor and teacher at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Decatur. He will present the witness titled: “Prayer and Conversion: Setting Hearts Ablaze.” A few clips from the movie Fireproof will be shown and then the parish encourages participation in a men’s or women’s small discussion group.

On Monday, February 15 at 7pm, a witness talk will be given by Carole Maurer Yaney, director of formation and RCIA at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. She will present the witness titled, “Preparing for the Fire: Building a Firm Foundation.”

Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm living by the Way-of-the-Cross will be presented by school students followed by a penance service and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

On Ash Wednesday, February 17, there will be a light, meatless soup supper in the Parish Hall at 6pm followed by Mass in the church celebrated with Bishop Emeritus John M. D’Arcy. He will speak on the Eucharist for the closing of the mission.

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