25th January 2015
WEDDINGS IN 2015: CALLING ALL COUPLES GETTING MARRIED IN THE PARISH THIS YEAR. Please make contact with the priests of the parish to ensure that everything is in order for your forthcoming weddings. The wedding Mass is the most important aspect of the day and the priests of the parish want to help ensure that everything goes as well as it can. A Catholic wedding Mass is fundamentally a religious ceremony which celebrates the love of a man and a woman brought together by God. For this reason the choices of readings and music should always reflect that reality. It is also essential that couples engage in adequate marriage preparation and the ACCORD pre-marriage course is available to all couples. The pre-marriage course helps couples to develop their understanding of Catholic marriage. The course is led by married people who understand the complexities of married life. During the process of the course, many couples learn to appreciate the value of their relationship along with their strengths and weaknesses; they develop understandings of some of the thorny issues that we’d all prefer to pass over. It helps them grow towards a fulfilled Catholic married life. This course is a requirement of the diocese and a good priest would never ask a couple to leave out something which is such a vital part, not only of their marriage preparation but also their married life. Any priest who is asked to perform a wedding ceremony in the parish or the diocese who ignores this, whatever his reasoning, is failing in his duty towards the couple getting married. Would anyone ask a driving instructor to give them a licence without some lessons? Each day of our lives we can benefit from the wisdom of those who have walked the roads before us.
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