The German theologian Walter Kasper has written : "Marriage belongs to the order of creation and to the order of redemption." It is precisely because of marriage's great importance that the Church wants us to prepare well for this Sacrament. Here at the Newman Centre, we take requests for the Sacrament of Marriage very seriously. In order to be eligible for the Sacrament of Marriage in this parish community, you must be registered in the parish. The first step in the process is to set up a meeting with the Pastor. During this meeting, the various Preparation Programs for Marriage will be presented to you. The Newman Centre has an excellent Marriage Preparation Program led by couples from this parish community. There is also the possibility of attending an Engaged Encounter Retreat at Queen of Apostles Retreat House in Mississauga, or through the marriage preparation courses offered through the Catholic Family Services of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
The Sacrament of Marriage, along with the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is one of the two sacraments of commitment. In Marriage, God is manifested in the love of the husband and wife, a love that is everlasting. The Catholic Church has always promoted the understanding that marriage is a covenant relationship, like the relationship between us and God. This relationship is meant forever, and is without any conditions, hence is not a contractual relationship. As the Ministers of the Sacrament are the couple themselves, it is also essential that the couple take the practice of our faith, including regular participation at the Sunday Eucharist, very seriously.
Much goes into planning a wedding: clothing, reception, photos, invitations, and so forth. All of this is expensive. Don't shortchange the spiritual side of your marriage. Getting ready on the inside is more important than preparing on the outside.
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