Mariage / Marriage

 

Félicitations pour vous, qui voulez vous marier. Nous sommes heureux pour vous.

Notre équipe pastorale se fera un plaisir de vous accompagner lors de votre préparation pour ce grand évènement. Normalement, il faut prévoir un minimum de 6 mois, et encore mieux, un an, avant la date du mariage.

Première chose à faire: contacter votre curé. Ne fixez pas de date avec la salle de réception avant de vous assurer que le prêtre est disponsible ce jour là.

Deuxième étape. Une fois que vous vous êtes assurés des services d’un prêtre, vous pouvez réserver la salle de réception et faire tous les autres arrangements.

Les rencontres avec nos prêtres auront lieu toute l’année; elles sont au nombre de 6 ou de 7. Ceci nous donne le temps de discuter du sacrement du mariage, de la vie de famille, de la théologie de la sexualité, de la liturgie, et de tout autre point important dans la vie chrétienne.

Que le Seigneur bénisse votre union…..

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When two Catholics (or one Catholic party, and the other is not Catholic) desire to live together, and form a family, they are required to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  The Catholic celebration of marriage (matrimony) includes a civil marriage as well (for those not already civilly married).

    Marriage is a life long commitment of two adults, man and woman, and which is the foundation of a family. One of the gifts of this institution is that of children. Marriage is not just a professional living arrangement, but an union of two people which flowers in the gift of more people. It serves the needs of society, and of the Church.

Human history has proven that a formal, public and publically responsible union of man and woman has a much better (though never guarenteed)  chance of success. When the community knows of our commitment and supports our choice, the community helps us in the journey. The Church agrees with human experience. Living together just does not cut it. Making a formal vow does.

Marriage is not magic. It is a difficult thing to live, and requires wisdom as well as reasonable human maturity. Two people need to relatively balanced and emotionally healthy individuals in order to share a life together. Our contemporary experience of pain, and separation has shown us over and again, that marriage is not easy.

What is requires in our parish for marriage? First of all, the priest needs to be met a year before the wedding (6 months minimum). During the course of the year, the priest ( or marriage team member) will meet to discuss matters pertaining to the sacrament, family life, the marriage ritual, aspects of faith, and so forth. A marriage preparation course is mandatory.

More than that, our parish offers newly wed couples a marriage maintenance program which lasts 5 years. In the course of 5 years, the couples (voluntarily) can come to two meetings a year in which we will discuss topics, and guide couples in ways of ensuring a stronger marriage. Mentor couples will discuss their own journey with the newly weds, and suggest means to help their own marriages to become stronger.

For those wishing to marry, we encourage you with full heart. Give us a call, and we will be happy to help you in this great adventure. See our site for ‘young couples’ for more info.

The Lord’s blessings on your journey.

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