Learn more about the Marriage Toolbox....Top 10 Myths and the actual truths about the Marriage Toolbox
Myth: Marriage Toolbox programming and events are only for young married couples.
Fact: Although the Marriage Toolbox was started as a program for young married couples, it has since been modified to include ALL MARRIED COUPLES!! Whether you have been married only a couple days, 50+ years, or somewhere in between, you and your spouse are welcome and encouraged to participate in all the Marriage Toolbox has to offer. Engaged couples are also welcome!
Myth: Marriage Toolbox is for couples struggling and possibly thinking about divorce, not couples that are generally happy or content.
Fact: The Marriage Toolbox is for all couples; so that includes happily married couples looking to strengthen and celebrate their marriage, as well as couples finding their marriage in need of some TLC. All marriages have highs and lows, good and not so good times. Our prayer is that couples in any stage of marriage will find Magdalen Catholic Church and the Marriage Toolbox a place that can nurture their marriage.
Myth: The Marriage Toolbox Programming is on the second Saturday evening of the month.
Fact: Although the Marriage Toolbox started as an event each month on the second Saturday, we have made some drastic changes starting September 2012. Going forward we will have 3 different programs (each 3-6 weeks in length) offered each year; each program focuses on a specific aspect of marriage (click here to learn more about these programs). Secondly, we will have 3 Marriage Celebration Events each year focused on fun and fellowship among married couples (click here to learn more about our Celebration Events).
Myth: The Marriage Toolbox programming is a large group listening to speakers, and it would be difficult for a couple to meet other couples or for my spouse and I to have good quality time together.
Fact: The structure of the Marriage Toolbox with it's 3-6 week programs allows for smaller groups, better opportunities to get to know other couples, and more quality time together as a couple.
Myth: The Marriage Toolbox programming topics are not topics we as a couple are interested in.
Fact: Of course only you as a couple know what you might or might not be interested in, but our 3 enrichment programs were selected to give you a well rounded spiritual and practical experience to help you strengthen your marriage. Learn HOW to pray tother, HOW treat each other, and HOW to resolve conflict. All in ways that bring you closer together and closer to God as a couple.
Myth: Our marriage is in a happy place right now, so we do not see the need to attend the Marriage Toolbox programming and events.
Fact: With the understanding that all married couples experience highs and lows in their marriage, strengthening and deepening the marital relationship when things are good is the best medicine and prevention for the harder times. It is also much more enjoyable; for example: learning good conflict resolution skills when you are generally happy will make for significantly better conflict resolution in harder times.
Myth: My spouse and I are unable to attend a weekly program for 3-6 weeks due to our work/kid schedules, so there is nothing Marriage Toolbox has to offer our marriage.
Fact: We are so very glad to share with you that there is more than just weekly programs offered by the Marriage Toolbox. In addition to the program series', we also offer 1) Marriage Toolbox Monthly Newsletter with articles and prayers focused on marriage, 2) Marriage Celebration Events offered 2-3 times per year, 3) home study of some of our programs is also available by request, 4) marriage weekend encounters offered by Marriage Encounter and Retrouvaille, and 5) couple mentoring (couple to couple offered through The Alexander House). You can check out all of these offerings and more at http://www.magdalenwichita.com/marriage-toolbox/home
Myth: Other couples or the church will think we are having marital troubles if we sign up to attend any Marriage Toolbox sponsored programs.
Fact: The goal of all Marriage Toolbox programs, unless otherwise stated, is to strengthen ALL marriages. There are many forces in the world that can cause our marriages to weaken, unless we are proactively focusing on our marriage. Just like most professional jobs (i.e. CPA, Nurse, Teacher, etc) require continuing education, a successful marriage requires continues attention. Most couples that attend are wanting to focus on their marriage to make it more successful, loving, & strong. No opinion will be drawn about your marital happiness/troubles but know that we are always here to assist you in both the highs and lows of your marriage.
Myth: The church does not have anything to offer us as a couple, they are too disconnected from what we struggle with and not "current" in their teachings. So why would I attend a Marriage event/program at church?
Fact: This is a common misconception about the church. Sometimes it is easy to forget that God created marriage, in the beginning, as one man and one woman, leaving their own families to become one with each other. The fundamental truth has not changed. It is true that the challenges married couples face today are different than those faced 50 years ago. What has not changed is God's ability and desire to see us through anything the world might send our way. We are often not patient enough to let God help us. Especially in this time of instant gratification: microwaves nook our food in seconds, the internet take us to new places in nano-seconds, our smart phones put everything at our fingertips, and so on. So we expect if God is going to help us, He would do so at the same speed. God does not work in our time, but his own. Adding God back into our marriages is the only way to sustain them. The Marriage Toolbox wants to help all Magdalen couples add more God and Christian support back into our marriages to help us battle through "current" challenges and choose God's teachings over the world's. READ - 10 Catholic Tips for a Stronger Marriage
Myth: Parenting classes would be more interesting and important at our current stage in marriage than marriage classes or events.
Fact: Parenting is a very important part of being married. Luckily the Spiritual Life Center (located in NE Wichita) offers classes on Love and Logic Parenting at least 2 times per year, usually advertised in the parish bulletin. Did you know that many studies have shown that the number one thing you can do to be a good parent is to love your spouse and model the marital relationship for your children. The Marriage Toolbox hopes to help you do that by supporting your marriage with many opportunities to strengthen your marital relationship.
NEW - The Marriage Toolbox Monthly has been developed for you! Each month the Marriage Toolbox Monthly will contain an article focused on your marriage, a prayer for marriage, and announcements. Our hope is that this monthly email will provide you with an additional tool to strengthen your marriage. Click on the newsletter link for the month you would like to access.
Hospitality Pillar - Marriage Toolbox Celebration Events
The goal of this ministry is to facilitate fun and fellowship among all married couples. 2-3 times per year, events will be planned to celebrate marriage as a Magdalen community. These events are focused on fellowship with other couples and do not normally contain any programming. We welcome all couples interested in planning or attending these fun events.
NEXT EVENT - Saturday, September 6th!! Scroll down for more information!!
For more information please contact Ashley Biel (
Formation Pillar - Marriage Toolbox Enrichment Courses
Our Enrichment courses provide education, enrichment opportunities to strengthen marriages of ALL AGES AND STAGES at Magdalen. All enrichment courses provide free childcare. Three enrichment programs will be offered throughout the year:Couple Prayer, The Beatitudes, andResolving Conflict with P.R.A.Y.
To learn more about our Enrichment Courses as well as Diocesan area courses/resources Click Here
"I will always be so thankful to God for bringing Marriage Toolbox to Magdalen." S.T.
MORE QUOTES TO COME....
Earn your Magdalen Marriage Toolbox MBA - Open the file to learn more!
Magdalen Marriage University MBA
For more information contact our Marriage Enrichment Coordinators: Ashley & Lance Biel (
We need a couple of volunteers to be in charge of the following. If you are interested contact Susan Madia at
Selling the "Windows of Faith" notecards at the Knights of Columbus breakfasts.
Selling the Magdalen pewter ornaments the weekend before 1st Communion. If anyone knows someone that could engrave them on the spot with the childs name and date...that would be great!
Stewardship is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God's gift and shares these gifts in love of God and neighbor.-Catholic Diocese of Wichita
4 Pillars of Stewardship
Pledge of Time, Talent & TreasureStewardship recognizes that we, as individuals, are not the owners of or lives, or time, our talent nor our treasure, but stewards or managers. Stewardship is not just money. It is time, talent, and treasure given to God in the thanksgiving for all that He has given to us.- Catholic Diocese of Wichita
Time & Talent sharing opportunities, click on Hospitality, Prayer, Formation, and Service above.Treasure Sharing opportunities include:
TreasurePledge of TitheDonate OnlinePlanned Giving
Time, Talent & Treasure FormsAdult Stewardship FormYouth Stewardship Form
Links to Stewardship ResourcesHistory of StewardshipThe Pillars of Parish StewardshipStewardship: A Disciples's Response - U.S. Bishops' 1992 Pastoral LetterCharacteristics of a Christian StewardStewardship Stew
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