The Compass: Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay
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September 29, 2000 Issue
Local News

Looking for something neat to do?

How about trying a date, and take your spouse along for the fun

A healthy growing marriage relationship requires friendship, fun and romance, says Tom Rinkoski, Family Life director for the Green Bay Diocese.

"And there is no better way to encourage these things than having dates," said Rinkoski.

So he and his wife, Theresa, Family Life director at Nativity Parish in Ashwaubenon, are planning a Great Date Night Friday, Sept. 29.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Nativity Church with an inspirational kick-off and then will continue at the couple's own favorite spot.

"Great Dates are more than going to see a movie and tuning out the world for a while," Tom said. "Great Dates involve communicating with one another, reviving the spark that ignited the fire, and developing mutual interests and goals that are not focused on your careers or your children."

To help couples get the most out of their dating experience, the Rinkoskis will offer them simple guide - a dating plan designed to infuse their marriage with new vitality," he said.

A special focus for the evening will be Taking the Temperature of Your Marriage, that Tom will lead. Tom has been married to Theresa for 22 years and he has wide-ranging experience in creating dates as well as in the area of marriage enrichment.

Participants in previous Great Dates evenings are enthusiastic about them.

"I was hesitant," said one man. "Previously, we tried working through other 'marriage manuals with little success. I'm a teacher and the last thing I wanted was more assignments and work. But I have to admit, these dates were different - they were fun, and we picked up marital skills that pushed our relationship a couple of notches higher."

A woman participant also is pleased.

"Having regular dates has kept our relationship vital and alive for more than a decade! We gladly recommend Great Dates to every couple!"

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