37. Although pastors are ministers of Christ’s Gospel for all, they should, nonetheless, direct special attention to those, whether Catholics or non‑Catholics, who never or rarely take part in the celebration of Marriage or the Eucharist. This pastoral norm applies in the first place to the spouses themselves.
Sadly, I find that the “direct special attention” urged here in the rite is too often “less attention than the wealthy or active Catholics.” It is a matter of “pastoral” ministry, as the church teaches here. Ministers: clergy, musicians, lay people, as well as the parish community have a missionary responsibility to attend in whatever way they can to present the Gospel in a generous and living way to people who are less active in their faith.
The text cited in blue is from the English translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony © 2013, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.