HOLY MATRIMONY


WHAT IS HOLY MATRIMONY?

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

A sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible reality that gives grace. In marriage, the visible sign is the love that a husband and wife have for each other. The invisible reality to which they point is the love that Jesus has for his bride, the Church. In the Sacrament of Marriage, God gives grace, that is to say, supernatural power, to make His own love, mercy, generosity, kindness, and compassion tangible.

The task of marriage is to make the invisible God visible by the love a husband and wife have for each other. They do this first for one another, then for their children if God should bless them with children, and then for all those who know them. Knowing how hard real love is, we pray daily for those of you who are married, so that you might be beautiful witnesses of God’s love.


PROCESS

Couples seeking the Sacrament of Marriage are invited to call Deacon Dave Carignan, Director of Marriage and Family Life, at the Parish Office.



WHO TO CONTACT
Deacon Dave Carignan:
Director of Marriage and Family Life

(734) 453-0326, ext. 249


RESOURCES FOR MARRIED COUPLES

The Marriage Course: 8 Great Dates

A strong, loving and lifelong relationship doesn’t happen by chance. We can all learn how to make even the happiest marriage better. A seven session course set in a fantastic atmosphere. You are served with a candlelit meal and/or coffee, tea, and dessert at a romantic table for two while listening to practical talks that are informative and fun.


Living in Love Retreat

The Living in Love weekend makes more joy and love in your marriage possible, providing liberating insights, affirming exercises, and practical strategies. It helps couples draw close to each other by practical application of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. You only share with your spouse. Whether you’re married for five months or 50 years, this transformative weekend will bring more happiness to all areas of your life.


Retrouvaille: Help for Hurting Marriages

Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the Retrouvaille program. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.