Rite of Marriage: Introduction 9

9. Furthermore, priests should show special consideration to those who take part in liturgical celebrations or hear the gospel only on the occasion of a wedding, either because they are not Catholics, or because they are Catholics who rarely, if ever, take part in the eucharist or seem to have abandoned the practice of their faith. Priests are ministers of Christ’s gospel to everyone.

A reminder that priests, though engaged to serve as the official witness of the couple’s consent, are also ministers of the gospel “on the occasion of a wedding.” Accordingly, they are watchful of opportunities for evangelization.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Rite of Marriage: Introduction 9

  1. Anne says:

    Yes, weddings, funerals, baptisms are all occasions for catechesis and promoting the gospel, especially to those we don’t see on Sunday. I would also throw in Christmas Eve masses as a time we all can reach out to those who don’t come to Eucharist very often. However, let’s get back to the rite of marriage.

  2. FrMichael says:

    I’ve noticed that there is a considerable discrepency between the number of people present at the wedding and those at the reception. In some cases, almost double the number will be present at the reception than at the service. So even this brief opportunity for evangelization is being lost.

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