Congratulations On Your Engagement!
On behalf of Catholic Communities of L’Arbre Croche (CCLC), the clergy and staff wish to congratulate you on your upcoming marriage. While there are many practical preparations that must be made for your wedding day, the goal of the CCLC is to help prepare you to be faithful to the sacrament of marriage. Being faithful in your love for each other will you help you grow together your journey to heaven. You will also be a sign for the Parish of the very love that Christ has for each one of us. “…let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God” (1 Jn. 4:7).
In choosing to come to the Catholic Parish for your wedding, you have made a choice to begin and live your marriage in a Christian manner. For Catholics, a wedding is not simply a ceremony or a social event, but it is a worship service, a sacred liturgy, that has deep meaning in our Catholic faith. In the marriage liturgy we celebrate the love commitment of the couple in the context of our Christian tradition and the beginning of their vocation as husband and wife. Because of this, it should not be surprising to you that the Parish has some definite expectations about how your wedding will be celebrated. A Catholic wedding is a worship service sometimes celebrated with a Nuptial Mass. It is important that readings, music, and actions are consistent with the liturgical practices of both the parish and the universal Parish. May God continue to increase your love and bless you with a meaningful wedding and a joyous married life. The sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Parish. When a man and a woman are married in the Parish, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.
The preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage is a deeply spiritual journey. Catholics are expected to attend Mass each Sunday, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis, attend marriage preparation classes, and make God an active part of your engagement and married life. Again, congratulations on your upcoming marriage. If there is anything we may do to be of assistance, please let us know. Please know you will be in our prayers as you continue your faith journey and begin this new phase in your life. If there is anything that you need, or any questions that you have, please do not hesitate to contact us.