“Jesus said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave [his] father and [his] mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ It [marriage] is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:31-32, cf. Mark 10:7-8).
The Sacrament of Marriage is the sacred partnership of life and love between a man and woman, forged by God, that is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children.
The Diocese of Toledo has established a six-month preparation period for all couples desiring to marry.
Couples preparing for marriage will complete a meaningful preparation process specially designed to help them enter into the gift and mystery of married love.
At Little Flower, we customarily celebrate weddings for members of our parish family on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. By request, weddings may be celebrated on other days and times. With special permission, we welcome non-members to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage. At least one person in the couple must be Catholic.
When both individuals are Catholic, the Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated within Mass and a priest is the normal officiant. When only one person in the couple is Catholic, the Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated outside Mass and a deacon is the normal officiant.
Engaged couples who are not members of Little Flower and wish to be married at Little Flower are expected to complete their marriage preparation with their own priest. That priest may also serve as the officiant for the wedding itself, or the couple may arrange for another priest to be the officiant at the wedding.
Retrouvaille is a marriage ministry for couples who are struggling in their marriage. “Retrouvaille” (French for rediscovery) is a worldwide ministry that began in Quebec, Canada in 1977. Although it is Catholic in origin and nature, non-Catholics are welcome. The Retrouvaille program consists of a weekend experience and six post sessions. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. The weekend consists of three couples and a priest giving presentations on various marriage related topics. As part of the program, the team presents a technique of communication that enables the attendees to take a good look at most areas of their relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry so what is said by the presenters will be based on their own experiences. Peer couples are also the presenters for the post sessions.
The next Retrouvaille weekend will be July 21-23 at the Weber Center in Adrian. There will be another weekend this year October 6-8. After each weekend there are six post sessions which are held at St Rose in Perrysburg on the Sundays immediately following the weekends.
If you have questions or are interested in the weekends, contact Bob Pacer at firstname.lastname@example.org.