Day of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life
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——————————————- is our parish day for prayer for Marriage & Family Life.
Until comparatively recently most women and men got married; they then had their children; the vast majority made a success of their family lives, not without problems of course and at times with great sacrifice.
We live in a different society, and a different Church, today.
Many couples choose to live together. Some of them have their children and then decide to get married or not
Many marriages break up for various reasons. Some of the people involved in break-up marry again.
Most couples still get married but it is no longer taken for granted that they will marry in Church. There are couples, even with connections with the Church, who get married in a registry office or an hotel; many others in the Church.
And we are now faced with the question of same sex marriage. This is a question that was unheard of until very recently but it is an important question that has implications for all of us.
All of these changes in adult relationships give rise to a great variety of family combinations.
We, as the Church, have to deal with everyone through love and respect while keeping an eye on how the Church legislation can change to meet the new realities. We need prayer to help us do this.
This day is a call to the whole parish to pray for Marriage & Family Life at home, at school, at any Mass that is celebrated on the day, at any prayer group meetings that might take place on ——- of the month etc.
If you would like to undertake an hour each month you can do so at any time. (Arrangements will be made to facilitate this)