SL eNews – March 2013

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As the year gets under way, we are delighted to be offering marriage seminars and engaged courses across the globe. Even if you’ve already attended a Marriage Seminar in the past, it’s always worthwhile to do a refresher. And for those who are newly married – don’t delay! The very best time to consolidate your relationship skills is early in your marriage while you are still settling into the habits that will endure for the years to come. Book now to secure your place.


Francine & Byron Pirola
Directors | Marriage Resource Centre

SL Workshop: BreakThrough

All couples go through periods where their relationship is strained. Stress, sleep-deprivation, demands from family and work can starve your marriage of the positive energy it needs and deserves. 

The SmartLoving BreakThrough Workshop is a practical, solution-focussed event for all stages of marriage. Drawing on contemporary research and Catholic theology, this workshop will arm you with skills and insights to transform your relationship into the thriving, joy-filled encounter that it is meant to be.

 Bookings and Information: here


From the blog

Champions Make ChampionsIf we really want to have champion marriages, we need to mix with champion couples.

Marrying the ‘Right’ Person | When it comes to love, we live in the delusion that with the right person, ‘our soul mate’, it all just magically happens.

Smart Dating #1: The Serial Relationship Trap | The unspoken rules of 21st century dating are that sex is expected, commitment and fidelity are optional, and marriage is a dirty word.

The Soul Mate Quest | The truth is the soul mate quest is more fantasy than reality…. and holding onto this myth will more often deliver disillusionment and pain than the promised ecstasy of perfect, unending love.

It Takes One to Tango | While it is ideal is to have both spouses fully invested and contributing to the marriage, it is not necessary to make a positive and substantial improvement. You can make a difference on your own.

The Sleep Deprived Marriage | Lack of sleep makes us more argumentative, more gloomy in our outlook and less generous with our love. 

The Commitment Challenge #3 | Sex, culture and committed relationships.

The Commitment Challenge #2 | The dilemna for dating couples is the confusion between ‘public displays of affection’ and ‘public displays of commitment’.

The Commitment Challenge #1 | At the core of a person’s willingness to commit to a relationship, is their willingness to accept limitations and restrictions on their options.

NEW: Fr. Chuck Gallagher’s: The Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Sexual Awareness | Exploring the gift of your sexual relationship

Two of Us: Level of Sexuality | Recognising the sexual atmosphere you create

Two of Us: Criticism and Sex | Understanding how criticism can affect your relationship

Two of Us: Topics of Conversation | A couple exercise to examine the patterns of our communication

Two of Us: Affection | Understanding the role of affection in marriage

Two of Us: Fault Finding | On criticizing your spouse


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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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March 2013

Upcoming Events

Marriage Seminar

Kincumber, NSW |Mar 16, 17
Upper Mt Gravatt, QLD | Apr 27, 28
Yeppoon, QLD  | Jun 8, 9
North London, UK | Jun 29, 30
Wollongong, NSW | Sept 7, 8


Luddenham, NSW | May 5

Engaged Course

Group Courses

Syd | Jun 23, 30 & Jul 14
Syd | Aug 11 & 28

Mentoring :  here
Available anytime – select your region

NSW: Sydney | Central Coast | 
Newcastle | WollongongAlbury

QLD: Brisbane

WA: Perth

NZ: Christchurch

GB: London

All other areas: Correspondence


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About the Author:

Francine & Byron Pirola
Francine & Byron Pirola are the founders and principal authors of the SmartLoving series. They are passionate about living Catholic marriage to the full and helping couples reach their marital potential. They have been married since 1988 and have five children. Their articles may be reproduced for non commercial purposes with appropriate acknowledgement and back links.

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