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Marriage

How to Have a Happy, Healthy, Holy Marriage: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference.

All couples want to be in successful lifelong marriages. In his presentation, Mr. Frank Hannigan, Director of Family Ministries for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will outline attitudes and behaviors that can help couples better their marriages. His talk will draw upon his 37 years of marital and parenting experience as well as his expertise in Pastoral Ministry. Through humor, personal stories and the wisdom to be found in our shared Christian faith, Frank will provide practical tips on how to make our marriages happier and healthier for years to come.

Please join with other married couples from the parish after the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday, November 17th for Frank's presentation. A renewal of marriage vows will take place at the end of the mass, followed by Frank’s talk in Kane Hall from 5:15 - 6:15 PM. Refreshments will be served and babysitting will be provided for those in need of it. Couples are also encouraged to continue the evening, if possible, with their own "date night"- though the free babysitting here concludes at 6:15! If possible, please RSVP to sjfmarriage@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 13th.

Marriage

"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman, establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601.

Marriage Preparation

A couple wishing to marry should contact their parish priest or deacon no later than six months prior to the anticipated date of the wedding, earlier if possible. The purpose of this period of time is to involve the couple actively in a process through which they appreciate their readiness to marry and the nature of the sacrament for themselves and for the Church.

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