[quote="LotusCarsLtd, post:15, topic:195764"]
For me I was thinking specifically a ministry for helping alleviate the issue of Catholic singles being unable to find spouses. Not specifically matchmaking in retrospect but something that is marriage's equivalent to those diocesan offices responsible for handling priestly and religious vocations. It would include things like singles events with Catholic speakers, etc.
I will tell you my opinion sinced you asked. I am almost 29 and have been very very active in the young adults down here in the dicoese of Galveston-Houston. Having a single's group doesn't work because of one main problem. YOUNG ADULTS! They are one of the hardest groups to reach out too. They don't like to committ to anything (just try planning a retreat and you will see what i mean.). So the diocese only has a few events for them through out the year like Cafe Catholica (which is a great month long event where over 300 YA meet and listen to talks on mondays night. Thankfully we have a wonderful bishop Daniel Caridnal DiNardo who comes and talks and supports us.)
My suggest is that the young adults in your area have to start things. You have to get out and make a group. The diocese or your parish will help you but not if there isn't a a group of people dedicate to seeing the end result. Here in houston we had young adults who did just that. They made a group (PACCO) that is away for all the YA groups to stay in touch and do stuff together. We have a softball league, a volleyball league and the church groups due spiritual activities together and a few happy hours. ITs a way for people to meet and stay in contact with each other even though you don't get to see each other each week at church. Its not run by the dicoese but we have their blessing.
The church can only do so much. It can't mandate that all the singles in your parish get together so that you know each other. In the end you can have activities planned but you need to have bodies come.
Having a good group of likeminded catholics who you know will help you in your serach for a spouse. It did for me. I met my fiance out a few of the YA events. We saw each other a few times and got comfortable with each other. Over the years we become friends and then last year we started dating and come October i will be marrying him. The church didn't have to do anything other than ground us in our faith and guide us on our spititual journeys. In the end we both had to make a decision that we were at the point in our lives were we could persue dating and then there had to be love.
You have to take some things in to your own hands and finding a spouse is a personal thing that no one can choose for you.