St Valentines Day 2013
In 2010, the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life launched the St Valentine’s Day initiative. We are delighted to offer you our 2013 edition which continues our ongoing desire to use the innate joyfulness of the feast of St Valentine to promote and affirm marriage as life-long romantic love.
In a culture that is increasingly intolerant of Christian values and beliefs, feasts that have captured the imagination of the secular community, like St Valentine’s Day, represent a unique opportunity for the Church. It is an opportunity for us to proclaim our beliefs in a way that is affirming and life-giving to deeply held values that are shared by many in the wider community. In doing so, we highlight the positive good that such values have and reinforce the need to protect them for the benefit of the whole community.
I invite you to use the resources enclosed to focus parish or school attention on the role of marriage on or around St Valentine’s Day.
Yours in Christ,
Bishop Eugene Hurley
Chairman, Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life