A holiday that can cruelly emphasize one’s singleness doesn’t deter CatholicMatch members. They’re rolling up their sleeves and planning to make the most of Feb. 14.
“I plan on buying Jesus a dozen roses,” says Maria-382240. This Valentine’s Day she’ll leave the bouquet at the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue in her parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Jennifer-630652 once decorated a convent with friends the night before Valentine’s Day, scattering balloons and writing in sidewalk chalk, “Jesus loves you!”
Aurora-663557, meanwhile, is planning to make homemade Valentine’s cards and distribute them at a local nursing home. “I could sit here and wall about being single and not having anyone to share Valentine’s Day with, but honestly, I’m very happy where I’m at.”
Joe-603209 also tries to look out for others on Feb. 14. One of his fondest Valentine’s Day involved cheering up a friend who’d just been ditched by the guy she was seeing. So Joe booked a reservation, donned a suit, brought her flowers and took her out.
For some CatholicMatch members, though, Valentine’s Day can trigger a flood of difficult memories.
Brian-465776 can’t help but remember a Feb. 14 first date – with the woman who is now his ex-wife. “After about 30 years, she had ‘had enough’ and left,” he says. But his time on CatholicMatch has fortified him. “I always have hope,” he says. “CatholicMatch has been a big help through this crisis. The goodness exuded by everyone here has been helpful.”
John-496162 and his late wife would’ve been celebrating their 18th anniversary this Feb. 14. “But I have a new beginning to look forward to,” he says, referring to a romance that blossomed on CatholicMatch. “There is a new lady in my life to send flowers to.”