Teams of Our Lady
Marriage is a challenge, whether a couple is newly married, raising a family, or “empty nesting.” Today, couples often find themselves living in a social climate where the stresses of everyday life strain the marriage and weaken faith.
The Teams of Our Lady program is a T.O.O.L. to strengthen a couples’ faith and love of God, thereby strengthening the marriage and ultimately, the family.
The Teams of Our Lady movement began in France at the end of the 1930s when a number of married couples began to meet monthly under the guidance of Father Henri Caffarel. Their purpose was to explore the significance of the sacrament of marriage, to hold it up against their own experiences, and to work together to as Christian families and couples. As more couples sought to join them, the movement was formally established in 1947.
All over the world, couples have found a way to grow in love and faith through the Teams of Our Lady movement. A team is a group of five to seven couples who join together to find support in their efforts to lead Gospel lives. There are approximately twenty teams throughout the Pittsburgh area. Three of those teams are based within St. Bede Parish and have been formed since 2005. As new couples express interest in the Teams movement, they are either placed in these existing teams, or a new team is formed.
Team groups meet once a month in each other’s homes for a simple meal and to share their experiences of the previous month. After dinner, the mood shifts to the spiritual as the team reflects on scripture and prays. Finally, the group discusses study material on married life and faith.
Teams of Our Lady meetings are truly unique gatherings–lively and enjoyable, yet structured and meaningful. Please join us in the wonderful opportunity to strengthen your marriage and faith.