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Though it’s been a hectic close of the year, we are really looking foreword to some great happenings in 2014. We’ll be running our first live-in version of the marriage seminar (see below) as well as trialing some dinner dates for the Engaged course. And watch out for news on our conference in November.

This is our last eNews before Christmas so we wish you all a joyous and restful break.

In Faith and Love

Francine & Byron Pirola
Directors | Marriage Resource Centre


SLM-Varroville-MarJoin us for our first ever SmartLoving Marriage residential weekend to be held next year in March in the peaceful Carmelite Retreat Centre.

 Weekly Podcast by Francine & Byron Pirola

Tune in to Wollongong’s weekly Catholic radio show, The Journey on Pulse 94.1FM every Sunday from 11am, to hear a variety of Catholic speakers including Fran & Byron Pirola.

Or, listen to their individual 2 minute podcasts here for their bite sized pieces of weekly wisdom.

Browse through our latest Memes


 From the blog

Gratitude: The Heartbeat of Love | New research validates age-old wisdom: the simple habit of gratitude can transform a jaded marriage into a joyous encounter.

3 Bulletproof Mindsets to Get Over the Guy Who Breaks Your Heart | Originally posted in Kristen Wolfe’s blog, She Is More

Video: A New Perspective For Mums | Any mother will tell you that being a mum is a full time job. And sometimes, the job can really test you. Some feel like as though they have no patience left, or that they’re somehow failing as a parent. BUT what’s the other side of the story?

NYE Resolutions | The most vital and satisfying marriages are intentional. This NYE, make a resolution for your marriage.

The Wife List: 10 Qualities | Men, which qualities are most important to you when thinking of your future wife? Here are a list of the top 10 to look out for if you want a lifelong relationship with one woman.

Prayer in times of trouble | We had a request recently from someone looking for a prayer for a couple going through tough times in their marriage. While we were very happy to oblige, it struck me that for many couples in this situation, prayer is often far from their thoughts, and yet, it is one of the most effective interventions for a troubled marriage.

Video: Why bring a child into this world? | Unilever’s uplifting short film encouraging parenthood and the significance of bringing a child into this world.

Video: 3 Queens | A celebration of 3 stay at home moms in 3 different regions of the country

Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Personal Habits | A couple exercise to recognise your habits, both good and bad, in relation to your spouse and understand the values behind each of your expressions of emotion.

Two of Us: Communicating to the Children | Begin to notice how you communicate with your child/children. Notice how you communicate with those same strengths and weaknesses with your spouse.

Two of Us: The Kind of Me I am | Checking in with yourself about what kind of person you are and exploring your attitude to life.

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Thinking of a gift for your friends or family?

Whether they’re celebrating an anniversary or getting engaged, our gift vouchers are a perfect experience they’re sure to love!

Take advantage of this years sale price of the Marriage Seminar at only $80 for a weekend event (includes meals). Purchase : here

The SmartLoving Engaged course is valued at $220. It’s the perfect engagement or wedding gift that will be used for the rest of their married lives. Purchase : here


SmartLoving @ Home

A series of DIY sessions you can use at home or in a small group. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can download the file at the time of purchase and use the material on your computer, mobile device or make a print copy.

SL@Home Grateful

Grateful | When gratitude is present in a marriage, the couple’s good humour and welcoming generosity make their homes places of hospitality and warmth for all their visitors.

Responsible Honesty | It’s more than not telling lies; in marriage it requires an willingness to share deeply and vulnerably.

Sexuality as Gift | Learning to appreciate our sexuality and build the sexual atmosphere between us.

The Ambitious Couple | What is the role of ambition in marriage?

Hear Me Know Me | It is often said that we cannot love what we do not know.

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December 2013

Upcoming Events

Marriage Seminars

London, UK | Feb 15 & 16
Toowong, QLD | Mar 15 & 16
Kincumber, NSW | May TBC
London, UK | June 21 & 22
London, UK | Oct 18 & 19
Wollongong, NSW | Sept 13 & 14

Residential Marriage Retreat:
Varroville, NSW | Mar 28, 29 & 30
(Places LIMITED – book in early)


Luddenham, NSW | Mar 2014

Engaged Course

Group Courses
6 Wine & Cheese Evenings:
Kensington, NSW | Feb, 2014

Mentoring : here
Available anytime – select your region

NSW: Sydney | Central Coast |
Newcastle | Wollongong | Albury
QLD: Brisbane
WA: Perth
NZ: Christchurch
GB: London
All other areas: Correspondence

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