The roots of the institution of marriage lie in our nature. Male and female we have been created, and written into our nature is this pattern of complementarity and fertility. Christian teaching fills out this pattern and reveals its deepest meaning.
God in his love has created man and woman in his image, as the summit of creation, and invites them to give themselves to each other as a gift for the good of the other. A man and a woman are called into a lifelong, faithful and fruitful relationship. ‘Not only man as such, not only woman as such, but rather man and woman as a couple, are the image of God. The difference between them is not a question of contrast or subordination, but instead of communion and generation, always in the image and likeness of God’ (Pope Francis, Audience 15 April 2015)
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Instituted by God - Marriage was instituted by God. We read in Genesis that God created them male and female, and blessed them, saying “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.” Gen.1;27-28.
Later, we read: But for Adam there was not found a helper like himself. Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord God built the rib which He took from Adam into a woman and brought her to Adam. And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh. Gen. II;20-24
Christ Himself referred to these very passages when the Pharisees asked Him if it were lawful for a man to put away his wife. The Savior reminded them that marriage had been instituted by God. Then He emphatically confirmed the indissolubility of the bond: What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. (Mt. XIX;6)
Marriage A Sacrament - Sacramental dignity, with all the special graces that adhere to any sacrament, was conferred on marriage by Christ. Indeed, St. Paul calls marriage “a great sacrament” placing it above others. When Christ wished to give a sign of the union that exists between Him and His Church, he chose the sacred union of a married couple. No higher dignity could be attached to any relationship.
Through the sacrament of matrimony, husband and wife receive graces which join them in the bonds of mutual love, aid them to share affection for one another, strengthen them to avoid illicit attachments and passions, fortify them to become worthy parents, and help them to keep their marriage honourable in all things. A marriage entered into with such proper dispositions will be blessed in many ways. https://catholicism.org/catholic-marriage.html
For wedding enquiries St Peter and All Souls and Our Lady of Lourdes please contact the parish priest firstname.lastname@example.org
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the Synodal Pathway of listening and discerning unfolds, we the bishops
of England and Wales, are paying particular attention to the hopes and
fears, the joys and anxieties of all who are sharing their thoughts and
feelings with us. Please click the link to read the statement: Bishops' Statement: Honouring Sunday - Catholic Bishops' Conference (cbcew.org.uk)
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Theologian Explains the True Meaning of ‘Dominion’ in One Perfect Video.
Father Christopher Steck shares how caring for animals and our environment is the ultimate act of kindness and mercy.
'But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.' 'Faith Based animal advocacy, for more information visit www.petalambs.com
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Iannicelli will break-open the forthcoming Advent Sunday Gospels with
in-depth teaching and stimulating questions. As a result, you will
experience Sunday Mass in a new way!
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If you would like to help raise money towards the building work at All Souls, you can pay directly into the fundraising account at HSBC Sort code: 40-36-15 Account number: 72401436. Account Name: St Peters & All Souls RC Church.
If your Alive in Faith has come to an end, please consider donating to our Building Fund.
If you do not bank online you can print off the standing order, complete the details, hand in to the parish office and we can set this up for you.
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