We had a good weekend this past weekend. Friday night we watched Pirates of the Caribbean, movie 1. Chris had never seen it, so before we go to see the third movie in the series, I thought it would be a good idea to see the first two. Hopefully we'll watch the second movie next weekend.
Saturday we had another marriage prep class. This one is run by the diocese, so we had to go to the Catholic Center for the class. It was an almost all-day class; it was also the best class we've been to so far--much better than the Marriage prep class at our parish. The title of the class was "God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage." Mostly we watched a video of Christopher West speaking and between video segments we had some opportunities for personal reflection and couple discussion. Despite watching a video for most of the day, it was a really good video, Christopher West is a really good speaker.
Basically the class revolves around the Catholic Church's teaching and theology on marriage and family, including lots of details about the sacrament itself, and sexuality in marriage. There was also a section on NFP, which was just review for us. Christopher West's work is primarily based on John Paul II's Theology of the Body talks he gave in the late 70s and early 80s during his Wednesday general audiences at the Vatican. It was definitely a worthwhile class to take, even if Chris and I were already familiar with and on board with these teachings.
After the class we stopped at this new pizza place near Chris' house. This place makes the pizza pie, wraps it up for you, and then gives it to you to take home and cook. So we brought one home, put it in the fridge, and then went for a walk. We needed the walk after sitting all day. We made a salad to go with the pizza and I have to say, eating a fresh pizza was really good. We also watched the movie A Man for All Seasons. I gave it to Chris as a birthday present last weekend. It's one of his favorite movies, but I had never seen it. It was really good. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it. It is about St. Thomas More and his struggle with King Henry VIII.
Sunday was a good day. We went to Church and then back to my house where I proceeded to clean out my fridge and pantry of all the bad foods and make a shopping list for myself. Chris took a quick nap. We then went out to Ramsey's for lunch where we met up with a college friend of mine who was in town with his wife. I hadn't seen them since their wedding two years ago, so it was really good to catch up and see each other again. And Chris finally got to meet someone from my college days. After lunch we went shopping (stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies) and then relaxed for a while longer before going back to Church to meet Fr. Frank.
Our meeting with Fr. Frank was fun: we went through the pre-rehearsal rehearsal for the wedding. I hope in four months that I remember everything we did! It was nice to see how we would be standing, what the bridesmaids and groomsmen will be doing, and just where everyone will need to be when. He also answered some of my questions so now I feel a bit more confident when discussing things with my florist, photographer, and wedding coordinator and anyone else I may need to talk this through with.
That was about it for our weekend. I hope to have a productive week this week and I pray for the same for all of you.