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)

Some thoughts:

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)