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Ever wondered what SmartLoving is?

This month we’re featuring a interactive post that explains it in stunning images and simple language.
Check it out: SmartLoving: What is it. How to do it.


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. For husbands, wives, couples.

Contact us to host a BreakThrough Workshop in your community | [email protected] | +612 9319 6280

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.

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From the blog

Video: The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude | A must see video! An experiment proving that one of the greatest ways we can experience happiness is by showing our gratitude. A very touching portrayal inspiring action.

Men and Women are Not Equal | A straight forward, no beating-around-the-bush, hitting-the-nail-on-the-head kind of article by columnist Bernard Toutounji (Foolish Wisdom) about the liberating differences between men and women.

Video: The Time You Have (in jelly beans) | Nothing is more frightening than seeing your life in jelly beans. Watch the video and you’ll understand. What will you do with the few jelly beans you have left?

SmartLoving: What is it. How to do it. | Flick through this Haiku Deck (interactive article) to learn the basics of loving smart.

Knot Yet! #1: Too Young To Wed | Recent data indicates that the age of first marriage has risen to around 28 for women and 30 for men over the past few decades. It’s a dramatic social change and deserves careful evaluation as its consequences are far reaching.

The Vocation of Marriage: Prezi | Check out our Prezi on the Vocation of Marriage, prepared for a Year 10 RE class

Music Video: Restore | An inspiring song about the struggles of marriage and the hope to overcome them.

An Unexpected Anniversary Gift | The hilarious account of a man who decided to a purchase a pocket tazor as an anniversary gift for his wife, and wanted to make sure it worked…!

Love, A Risk Worth Waiting For | A fantastic article by a Jovina Graham who, whilst traveling overseas, was interrogated by a customs officer who couldn’t believe she had made the decision NOT to live with her fiance before marrying him…

Video: I forgot my phone | The sad reality of living in a technological world – while we’re constantly getting ‘connected’ we’re becoming more disconnected from each other in our every day living.

Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Where I’m Touchy | Learning about the things that make you react and asking how these influence your married life

Two of Us: Growing Up Sexually | Understanding how earlier positive and negative experiences of sex can affect you and your marriage

Two of Us: Symptoms of Hurt | A couple exercise to bring to light the things that hurt you and which can affect your relationship

Two of Us: Sexual Influences | An exercise to explore what influences you about sex

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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. 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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October 2013

Upcoming Events

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Angels on High

Angels on High | October 2013

We can all do with a bit of angelic help from time to time. In the past month we’ve had feast days for Archangels and Guardian angels. But who exactly are these beings and are they real?

CathFamily this month explains what we know and believe about angels and offers some tips for how spouses can be spiritual guardians and supports for each other.