Many parishes have been quietly celebrating marriage in their own way for years with some creative ideas that range from handing out roses to couples on the way into Mass to renewal of wedding vows, including married couples in the offertory procession, acknowledging those in attendance who have been married the longest, etc.
Once again, we've put together a special website with plenty of resources for couples who are married, are considering marriage as well as information for those looking to enrich their covenant. Archbishop Collins has also penned a letter to couples that can be read this weekend or shared through the parish bulletin.
In addition to supporting married couples, you'll also find the Archbishop references those who are widowed or who have experienced a broken relationship. With programs like Worldwide Marriage Encounter (making a good marriage even better), New Beginnings (for widowed, separated and divorced Catholics), Retrouvaille (marriages in crisis) and others active in our Archdiocese, there's no shortage of enrichment resources to support the Catholic community every step of the way.
We remember the important foundation that the family provides, in a special way, from a faith perspective, planting the seeds of our faith that will be nurtured for years to come.
Take a few moments to visit the Marriage Sunday site and this weekend, thank a married couple for all that they do to strengthen our community, sustaining the everlasting "I Do".