Most people would go to fancy restaurants for Valentine’s Day, but for 34 couples, they spent the special evening having dinner at a non-restaurant: Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
The Feb 14 event, Dinner for Two, was organised by the parish’s Family Life Ministry. It allowed for “a cosy evening where couples, married or dating, could spend time enjoying dinner” and share intimately on questions handed to participants, the organiser told CatholicNews.
As each of the catered five courses was served by the parish youth, including children of some of the participants, the couples received some questions such as what they thought about the first time they met and what they enjoy most with one another.
“We hope that such conversation starters will bring back positive, heart-warming memories for the couples, whether it was memories during courtship or during their married years as well as what they hope for the future,” the organiser said.
Participants said that the event was well planned and was useful in allowing them to share their thoughts and feelings with one another.
Mrs Rosie Wah, who attended the dinner with her husband Ronald, said the event was well-planned. She described the ambience as “nice”, the venue as “well-decorated” and the questions for the couples to share as “very good”.
Mr Joseph Teo who attended with his wife Agnes described the evening as “wonderful” and praised the organisers and those who helped out in the dinner for their dedication.
He found the dinner meaningful as it was different and not “commercialised”.
The dinner provided an opportunity for the couples to share, Mrs Wah said. She added, “We were happy to be able to share…brought back fond memories.”
Another participant, Mrs Zita Koh, who attended with her husband Michael, told CatholicNews that she found the sharing and dialogue useful as sometimes they could get too busy which hinders them from sharing about themselves.
The dinner provided a “good setting”, she said. n
By Darren Boon
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