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February 2011

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

Feb. 20
» Confirmation, Mary Our Queen Parish at St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Feb. 21
» Annual meeting, Consecrated Life Leadership, Servite Center, Omaha.

Creighton Students for Life gathering.

Feb. 22
» Archdiocesan Deposit and Loan Committee meeting.

Feb. 24
» Global Outreach students.
» Cathedral RCIA, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Feb. 27

Marriage prep combines practical, spiritual advice

A Catholic's decision to get married triggers a significant investment in preparation time - because church leaders want to give couples the best possible chance at success.

In the Archdiocese of Omaha, engaged couples will meet with a priest or deacon, attend a "welcome session," complete a survey tailored to couples and participate in a marriage preparation program.

Steps for couples in marriage preparation; how to volunteer to help

WELCOME SESSION
Sponsor: Family Life Office, Archdiocese of Omaha
Length: Two hours (2-4 p.m. Sunday or 7-9 p.m. Thursday)
Facilitators: Family Life Office staff
Upcoming locations and dates:
Feb. 20: St. Mary Parish Center, Schuyler
Feb. 24, March 10: Christ the King Church, Omaha
Feb. 27, March 27: St. Leo Church, Omaha
March 6: Guardian Angels Cafeteria, West Point
March 13: St. James Church, Omaha
March 20: Sacred Heart Parish Center, Norfolk

Marriage rites differ in East, West ceremonies

Wedding ceremonies are understood a bit differently in the Eastern and Western Catholic Churches.

But the church has room for the subtle differences in theology, which stress who is minister of the sacrament.

In the Latin Rite widely used in the West, couples are ministers of their own marriages, giving each other grace by declaring their consent in the presence of witnesses and a priest or deacon, said Father Paul Hoesing, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Catholic weddings can be simple and remain sacred and profound

Getting married in the Catholic Church is profound, but simple.

In the presence of witnesses and before a priest or deacon, couples vow love and fidelity for one another. That's about it. Little else is required in the ceremony, not even Mass.

Culture and religion, however, have combined to jam-pack weddings with enough symbolism and customs to make a bride's head spin.

Meaning found in years of saying 'I do' each day

Vowing to love and honor one another isn't something Drs. Evelyn and Tom McKnight said only once nearly 32 years ago when they got married. It is something they say daily through the choices they make.

Since their marriage July 21, 1979, at Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth, both said their love has grown stronger and deeper. "It's been magical," said Tom, 57.

Striving to live marriage vows no matter what

When Mike and Katie McNamara said, "I do" during their marriage ceremony Aug. 1, 2009, they committed to what Mike called their "no matter what" clause.

"The vows mean that I've committed myself to you, no matter what course you choose, mistakes you make, gains or things you'll do," said Mike, 30. "I'm not just here with you now when things are rosy ... no matter what happens, you are going to be here for me and I'm here for you down the road, even when things turn rough."

More than words can say ... 2011 Sacrament of Marriage

Weddings are exciting - candles, decorations and flowers, special devotions, beautiful clothes, friends and family, bridesmaids and groomsmen, wonderful receptions, cakes and gifts. Drill down to the essentials of getting married in the Catholic Church and find a community gathering for a man and a woman who vow love and fidelity to one another - till death do they part.

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