In the days after getting engaged to the love of her life, blogger and author Stephanie Calis realized that she knew next to nothing about how to get married in the Catholic Church.
I just read a very interesting article in U.S. Catholic
magazine, "A Betrothal Proposal" by Michael G. Lawler and
Gail S. Risch. In it, Lawler and Risch argue that modern
marital "practice" (cohabitation, then marriage) resembles
ancient marital practice (betrothal, then marriage), and that
as a Church we should return to a marital "rite" wherein
couples become betrothed, then live together as husband and
wife, then celebrate the wedding.
Craig Spiering learned his craft during a four-year stint in
the Navy. He studied photography and photojournalism at the
Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md., and spent his
military career photographing Navy operations around the
world - much of it on aircraft carriers. For his work, he
earned the Joint Services Achievement Medal in 2005 for
documenting the effects of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf
In 1920s Germany, a 43-year-old civil servant named Joseph
took out an ad in a local Catholic paper with the intent of
finding a wife. Maria Peintner, a 36-year-old cook,
responded, and the two were married four months later. In all
likelihood, had Joseph and Maria Ratzinger, the parents of
Pope Benedict XVI, met today, it might have been through the
modern version of a personal ad: online dating.
Each memento in Rae and Bill Phillips' Arlington apartment
tells the story of their 71 years together. A picture from
their wedding day hangs above a bowl of candy by their open
front door. Near the photo sits their wedding cake topper, a
figurine of a woman in a white dress and a man in a white
military uniform. Hanging on the wall is a picture of Bill,
airborne in the plane he flew during World War II. On their
fridge is a wooden magnet that reads, "There's a special
place in heaven for the mother of five boys."
Wedding to-do lists can feel endless and daunting: Nail down
a venue, chose the color scheme, select a band. But your
officiant - the priest or deacon saying the words of the
marriage rite - should "not be like one more thing on a
checklist," said Father Edward J. Bresnahan, in residence at
St. Mary Church in Alexandria.
Sometimes a person's creativity cannot be contained in the
confines of a gift registry. It's important to pick out
essential items, like flatware and blenders, but deviations
from the list are OK and even welcome.
MILWAUKEE - Deacon Dale Paczkowski proudly walked his
daughter Lisa down the aisle for her wedding. Dressed in a
tuxedo, he was on one side of Lisa while his wife, Lucy, was
on the other. After presenting Lisa to Patrick Defors, her
husband-to-be, he walked into the sanctuary and into the
sacristy where he performed an almost superhero feat in
1. Contact your parish at least six months (a diocesan
requirement) prior to your proposed date of marriage and set
up an initial meeting with a priest or deacon. This is
necessary even if you plan to wed outside of the diocese.
This meeting should take place before any social arrangements
for the wedding are finalized.
Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde discussed his reaction to
the Supreme Court's landmark ruling requiring states to issue
marriage licenses to individuals of the same sex on WTOP
radio June 26.
NEW ORLEANS - The trend of going green and being more
conscious of the environment could explain why more young
couples are using
natural family planning, say instructors of the practice.