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Moments of Grace

Author Christopher de Vinck gratefully contemplates the people, events and things of daily life. Our reviewer says: “Readers are likely to come upon a few mirror images of themselves in this book’s pages.”


Making "I Do" Work

Making "I Do" Work

Celebrating wedding days takes on a deeper meaning when one realizes that a couple’s success in married life affects not only themselves, but also their communities and all of society. Besides giving gifts and throwing showers, what can we all do to support married couples and encourage strong marriages?


Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Weddings are steeped in tradition, so we can be surprised when some of the expected elements “go missing.” Why are some of these words and actions (for example, “I now pronounce you man and wife”) not part of the Catholic wedding ceremony?


A Wedding Planning Reality Check

A Wedding Planning Reality Check

If you’re caught up in the stress of wedding planning, step back for a moment and consider what’s really important about your big day.


Dating? Four Basics to Keep in Mind

Dating? Four Basics to Keep in Mind

Dating can be a wonderful time in a person’s life, challenging a person to grow and to learn more about others. In this article a young adult reflects on four basic points to keep in mind when dating.


The social community

From The Human Family, A Community of Peace Message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace 2008 The social community, if it is to live in peace, is also called to draw inspiration from the values on which the family community is based.


A souce of great security for children

From Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the Fifth World Meeting of Families The love between father and mother is a source of great security for children and it teaches them the beauty of faithful and lasting love.


In November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved a pastoral letter entitled “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The letter brings together the Church’s key teachings on marriage as both a natural gift and a sacrament. It explains how marriage is a public commitment between a man and a woman, intended for the […]


Responsorial Psalms

Responsorial Psalms

1. 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22 R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness. […]


Home Again

So, we made it home from Alabama safely and without any further damage, thank God! Of course, I guess we would have to be extremely unlucky to have a problem on both legs of the trip (or be extremely bad drivers). At the rehearsal dinner last Friday, Daniel and his cousin Michael dressed up as […]


Rite for Celebrating Marriage Between a Catholic and an Unbaptized Person

Rite for Celebrating Marriage Between a Catholic and an Unbaptized Person

The rite for a Catholic marrying a catechumen (one who is preparing for baptism), a non-Christian, or someone who does not believe in God exemplifies sensitivity for the unbaptized person and his/her family. This third form has the same four basic elements as the first two forms of the rite: questions about intent, exchange of consent, the blessing and exchange of rings, and the nuptial blessing.


Rite for Celebrating Marriage Outside of Mass

Rite for Celebrating Marriage Outside of Mass

When a Catholic marries a Christian of another denomination, the Rite for Celebrating Marriage Outside Mass is used. Hospitality suggests that this form is the appropriate one when a significant number of guests are not Catholic and cannot join in Holy Communion.


Rite for Celebrating Marriage Within Mass

Rite for Celebrating Marriage Within Mass

The Catholic Rite of Marriage centers around two key moments: the Exchange of Consent and the Nuptial Blessing. Marriage is rooted in the couple’s mutual vows of faithful love and is blessed by God as an image of the marriage between Christ and the Church. The couple’s declaration of reciprocal consent and the nuptial blessing reveal the sacramental nature of marriage as the spouses become symbols of Christ’s selfless love.


Gospel Readings

Gospel Readings

Gospel reading suggestions for a Catholic wedding ceremony.


New Testament Readings

New Testament Readings

Readings and reflections from the New Testamant.


Old Testament Readings

Old Testament Readings

Readings and reflections from the Old Testament.


Premarital Inventories

Premarital Inventories

Readiness for marriage cannot be scientifically measured, but an inventory helps engaged couples to make sure that they have discussed the most important issues. These are NOT tests, but rather instruments that prompt discussion on sometimes sensitive issues


Remarrying Well with Children

Remarrying Well with Children

Sam (45) and Sally (37) have been married for 2-1/2 years. It’s a second marriage for both. Sam was married at 20, divorced at 35 and has done co-parenting with his ex-wife for a number of years. Sam brings two children from his first marriage, ages 14 and 12.


Afraid a Budget Will Cramp Your Style?

Afraid a Budget Will Cramp Your Style?

Budgeting falls into the category of things that are good for you but not necessarily emotionally appealing, like flossing your teeth or exercising. The truth of the matter, though, is that everyone budgets. Drawing up a budget is just making your spending more intentional rather than allowing your whims to determine how you will spend your money or your time.


The Lunch Box Legacy

The Lunch Box Legacy

This is a generational story about lunch boxes. My daughter, Carole, wanted a new lunch box for first grade. To save money, I spray painted the old one, much to her dismay.


Family of Origin Exercise

Family of Origin Exercise

Exchange answers with your fiancé(e). Which experience of your fiancé(e) is most different from yours? Discuss what impact this might have on your future marriage.


7 Reasons Not to Marry

7 Reasons Not to Marry

The decision to marry is the biggest decision that most people make in a lifetime. Following is a list of danger signs. If any of these are present in your relationship now, it is best to postpone the marriage until the issue is resolved.


Ten Important Research Findings On Marriage

Ten Important Research Findings On Marriage

A study from the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University.


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