Café Cana: Date nights for married couples

By | September 29, 2010

The Dorschners took their idea to Dr. Helen Scieszka, family and married life director, and Julianne Donlon-Stanz, adult faith formation director for the Diocese of Green Bay. Together they decided the program should be loosely based on the Theology on Tap model, with a twist. The program would be geared toward young married couples, with or without children.


Aaron Jelleberg, left, Matthew Troiber, Kris Troiber and Anna Jelleberg take part in Café Cana held Sept. 25 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Oshkosh. (Dick Meyer | For The Compass)

The result is Café Cana. This series of free evenings offers married couples the opportunity to explore their faith together, making it a priority in their marriage.

The program is intended to meet the needs of married couples in the Catholic Church today. In addition, Café Cana’s aim is to reach out to married people no matter their state in life or faith, giving them the occasion to explore their faith together.

“It is important that once they are adults that we help them to gain more of an adult understanding of the Catholic faith,” said Scieszka. “Café Cana is one of the ways to do that.”

All evenings are held at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1333 Walnut St. Free baby-sitting is provided by Virtus-trained and certified baby-sitters. A “date night” atmosphere — complete with chocolates and candlelight — sets the evening off on the right foot for a busy couple. A social begins each session followed by the main speaker. A question-and-answer time concludes the evenings.

Café Cana offers couples an opportunity to find their way back to the church and each other if they have drifted, or simply take some time out to focus on growing in their faith together.

“With the divorce rate still at about 50 percent in our country, we wanted to offer marriage enrichment opportunities for young couples,” said Scieszka. “Marriage enrichment, along with the practice of their faith, becomes a deciding factor.”

Two more Café Cana sessions remain this fall. Both begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by a speaker:

• Saturday, Oct. 9: “Look Who’s Still Talking! Keeping Communication Strong in Marriage,” presented by a staff member of Alternative Resolutions.

• Saturday, Oct. 23: “Organic and Green Family Planning: NFP for Today’s Couples,” presented by Amber and Mitch Nonn.

All sessions of Café Cana are free and offer free baby-sitting and refreshments. Registration is required for baby-sitting and appreciated for preparations. To register, call (920) 231-9782.

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