Monthly Day of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family
9th January 2019
Proposed Theme: Couples getting married in the parish this year
Pope Francis: We need to help young people to discover the beauty
and dignity of marriage. They should be helped to perceive the
attraction of a complete union that elevates and perfects the social
dimension of existence, gives sexuality its deepest meaning, and
benefits children by offering them the best context for their growth
and development. (The Joy of Love No. 205)
I encourage Christian communities to recognise the great benefits
that they themselves receive from supporting engaged couples as
they grow in love. (The Joy of Love No. 207)
Marriage & Family Life continue to be two of the most important
foundation stones on which society and the Church are built. In a
fast changing world one of the tasks of the Church is to continue to
uphold these two great elements of humanity and of spirituality.
One the most important decisions a person will ever make is the
decision to get married. It will change that person’s life forever.
Along with this is the decision of whom to marry! And then there is
the decision of where to get married.
The question of where to get married is a very real one for couples
today. There was a time, not too long ago, when it was taken for
granted that almost every wedding would be in the church. That is
no longer the case. Some choose to be married in the Registry
Office; others in an hotel or other such place in a civil ceremony. But
many couples continue to choose a wedding in the Church.
It is to these latter that we owe special care because they choose to
marry among us, within the Church.
It is mandatory for couples getting married in the Catholic Church to
do a Marriage Preparation course. This doesn’t always happen and
this is a great loss. The purpose of these courses is to make sure that
the couples know what they are doing by getting married among us
and are able to do it with joy. It is the responsibility of the parish
community to encourage these couples to prepare well. It is a great
benefit for the couples themselves. It is also of benefit to the whole
community as they set out on their new journey of faith.
The Church lives and has its being from generation to generation
through Christian marriage and family life. The sacrament of mutual,
exclusive, lifelong commitment that is marriage graces couples as
they journey together in love, faith and hope.
As we begin a new year we especially think of and pray for those
couples making a decision to get married or planning to get married
in our Parish this year. May they grow in their love for each other
and remain faithful to their marriage vows. May God bless them in
their future life together.
Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life
On the 9th day of each month, our parish of Dungannon prays for Marriage &
Family Life. This is part of a Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage &
Family Life, as other parishes and groups take on the prayer for the other days
of the month.
To make this prayer continuous, many people in our parish have committed
themselves to a specific hour of prayer in such a way so that as much of the
whole day and night as possible are covered.
Everyone is invited to join in this prayer, either by taking on an hour, or by
including this intention in their own prayer during that day.
If you would like to undertake an hour each month please contact the Parish
Office (Tel 028 8772 6893) where a special Prayer Booklet is available to assist
you with your Prayer. The hour that you choose is at your discretion and you
can make this Prayer wherever you find it most suitable.
“The future of humanity passes by way of the family.” (Saint John Paul II)