Fall 2012 - Episode 5: Catholic Weddings/Say Yes to the Marriage!
Episode Highlights

In this episode we explore the status of marriage in our culture. We discuss how most couples focus totally on the reception, the dress and all the other trappings, rather than focus where it counts, the Ceremony, lifelong commitment. We interview a couple that put starting their life together and the ceremony as their focus rather than the party after!

Ephesians 5:21-33: 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Greg & Julie Alexander have a beautiful ministry about marriage.  See www.thealexanderhouse.org 

Damon Owen’s excellent marriage preparation program. www.joyfilledmarriagenj.org 

Read Familiaris Consortsio John Paul II 


Discussion Question

  • How important was the Church ceremony in planning your wedding?
  •  Did you have a Mass or just a ceremony and why?
  •  What was your pre-Cana classes like and did you have to get NFP training?
  •  Do you think the lack of proper marriage prep has something to do with the divorce rate?

Janet's Homework Assignments

Read and study the marriage section of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.



The Kitchen Madonna

The Kitchen Madonna:
Patroness of The Catholic View for Women

Mary was not only Jesus' Mother, but also a housewife. Her utensils are earthly and heavenly symbols. The key represents the safety in the house and also the way into heaven. The kettle symbolizes nourishment for body and soul. The broom represents cleanliness in the home and in thoughts and deeds.  This reproduction of a woodcarve statue is made of resin and measures 11.5"H. Made in the USA.
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The Magnificat
Magnificat is a lavishly printed, easy-to-read pocket-sized worship aid, of more than 400 pages.

Magnificat can be used to follow the daily Mass and can also be read at home for personal or family prayer.
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Consider praying the Divine Office on a daily basis. 
The Divine Office provides psalms and prayers to be prayed at different times of the day. 
See www.divineoffice.org.