The Sacrament of Marriage joins a man and woman together in a loving covenant with God. A marriage in the Catholic Church must be permanent, exclusive and open to the possibility of having children and raising them within the Church. Catholics believe that marriage is a gift from God, as Jesus was united with his bride, the Church, and therefore husband and wife should grow together in love and trust.
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Taken from The Faith Of The Catholic Church a CTS Publication
214.What is the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage?
The Sacrament of Marriage is a sign of the union between Christ and the Church. Spouses are given the grace to love each other with the love by which Christ has loved the Church. The grace of the Sacrament is intended to perfect the couple’s love to strengthen their insoluble union and to sanctify them in their journey to God.
Statement from Fr. Kevin Griffin
Dear Parishioners, 30th April 2020
We have been asked by Diocese to bring the following to your attention:
If there is anything that you would like to discuss with me, please give me a call and I will be happy to help.
"We would like to remind you of the necessity of a 12-month period of notice for the Sacrament of Marriage. When the lockdown period is over, there will no doubt be couples hoping to move quickly towards their wedding day and we need to be working with them now for that to happen.
While we completely understand the desire to return to normality, it is important to remember that we require couples to have adequate preparation for their benefit. Marriage is not an easy path and in order to obtain the best skills and understanding of what is required to make this lifelong commitment, couples must be given time to discern if this is the correct path for them. This discernment applies equally to those who are living apart, in a celibate relationship, and those who having been living together for years and have children.
Engaged couples should have a copy of the “Are You Ready” document, prepared by Fr Paul Jennings, which, if discussed carefully between the couple, gives a basis for a good phone/Skype conversation. In terms of other material, it is suggested that couples refer to the Bishops’ Conference Liturgy Office for support:
The marriage text can be found here; https://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources/Marriage/OCM-Marriage-Texts.pdf
The readings can be found here; https://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources/Marriage/OCM-Lectionary.pdf
A reflection on the readings here; https://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources/Marriage/Lectionary-Reflections.pdf
If couples are happy to do some work themselves at home, there are a few helpful websites;
The Alpha Pre marriage course that we have been trialling is available online from Holy Trinity Brompton, limited spaces available https://www.htb.org/premarriage
Marriage Care has its online course FOCCUS www.marriagecare.org.uk/find-a-foccus-course/
“For your marriage” has a particular area for engaged couples to reflect on their own preparation; https://www.foryourmarriage.org/dating-engaged/
Smart loving charge for their materials but are available at; https://smartloving.org/engaged/"