The Sacrament of Marriage celebrates the union of a man and woman “who freely enter into a loving covenant in Christ.” (national Catechetical Directory, p. 75). It is the expression of the love that two persons have for each other (and so, the partners are the true ministers of the sacrament.)
Marriage is a pledge of total commitment – commitment of the marriage partners, one to another. It calls for the opening up of the self by each of the partners to full acceptance of the gift being offered, namely the gift of self. In experiencing an open, growing relationship with one another, the couple can more fully enter into an open, loving relationship with the world around them and with their God.
A risk is involved in opening oneself up to another. The struggles of everyday living can become easier to understand when we realize we are not alone, for does not the Trinity tell us that even God is not alone? For from the Father’s love comes the Son, and together their love embraces a spirit which truly creates a loving community. So, too, the bond of married love not only creates a unity which encompasses the two marriage partners, but can also enable them to draw both children and others into an ever widening circle of loving relationships – relationships which support rather than stifle peace, love, and harmony.
Marriage is a sign of Christ’s love for His people, the Church. It is a symbol of the never-ending covenant which God has made with His people – a covenant espoused in integrity, justice, tenderness and faithfulness.
Things to Do before "I do"
Six months before the wedding
- Appointment with priest (tentative wedding date set)
- Meet with priest to complete pre-nuptial investigation (Are you free to marry?)
- Take Fully Engaged Inventory
- Attend Diocesan approved Classes/Retreat
- Discuss Fully Engaged (approximately 4 meetings)
We follow the Marriage guidlines of the Diocese of Orlando.(CLICKHERE) This preparation begins no less than six months prior to the desired date of marriage. You will find the Marriage Preparation Schedule and Checklist by clicking the above link. Please contact the parish at 863.324.3040 to set an appointment with our pastor.
After meeting with your parish priest, or representative, the first phase is an assessment time at the parish of the engaged couple with the Fully Engaged catechetical premarital inventorydesigned to help engaged couples solidify the foundation upon which they, together with Christ, will build their Sacrament of Marriage. This survey, while not predictive of the future for this relationship, is indicative of what is happening presently with the couple and provides direction for discussion of the indicated differences. The administration of Fully Engaged should be done prior to the second phase; follow up sessions may be completed after the second phase.
The second phase is completion of a Diocesan approved preparation program. These programs are based on the significance of family as a system, the influence of our family of origin and the skills needed to maintain a successful marriage. Programs are available in English, Spanish and in Vietnamese. Different parishes may require different programs.
The third phase happens at the couple’s home parish and involves individual sacramental preparation, review of the Church teachings regarding Natural Family Planning and Cohabitation, planning the wedding ceremony including selection of reading and vows and completion of all paperwork.
More than a union based on romantic love or mutual fulfillment, marriage goes back to the very essence of what it is to be human - and reflects a design placed in our hearts by God Himself. Beloved - from the producers of the renowned Symbolon series - explores the spiritual and eternal reality behind "I Do." Beautifully filmed and featuring acclaimed marriage experts, Beloved speaks to the very heart of every husband and wife, bringing ssacramental truth and God-infused love into the everyday challenges of married life. Beloved: Mystery & Meaning of Marriage includes six inspiring and informative sessions.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
In this educational video, couples reveal how the beautiful gift of Natural Family Planning strengthens and sanctifies their relationship while respecting the design of female fertility.
Through the voices of both medical and theological experts, learn how male and female biology reflects a covenant intended for the purpose of uniting spouses and bringing forth new life.
Find out how contraception really works and why it's so damaging to women and marriages.
Get the facts on how Natural Family Planning is a safe, highly effective, inexpensive method that empowers couples to prudently and prayerfully postpone or achieve pregnancy in accordance with God's plan for nuptial love.
Natural Family Planning is sometimes called "periodic abstinence." It is a way to achieve or avoid pregnancy by monitoring the fertility signs present in a woman during her reproductive years. It is compatible for use by all women during regular or irregular cycle, breast feeding, post-partum, pre-menopause or after discontinuing contraceptives.
Natural Family Planning has up to a 99 percent effectiveness rate if properly learned and used according to instructions for avoiding or delaying pregnancy. Learn more here: phxnfp.org.