Marriage Jubilee Divine Liturgy Since so many couples are struggling to live their married vocation nowadays, it is crucial to reassure them that they can do it as others have done. Planning a Divine Liturgy with reception to follow to honor jubilarian anniversary couples and celebrate their silver (25 years) or golden (50 years) wedding anniversaries and beyond fifty including the longest marriage in your parish can be great way to affirm young couples in living their vocation to married life faithfully. At Divine Liturgy, the main celebrant can focus on the theme of married life. Jubilarian couples can be involved in offering the gifts, reading at liturgy.. At the end of Liturgy, couple can be encouraged to renew their marital vows using the form provided here. After liturgy, continue celebrating married life with nice reception for the couples in the social hall.
Suggested List of Speakers There are a number of Speakers that can be contacted to invite them to events within the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. Those people can be contacted by clicking on the name of their community or you can ask Marise Frangie if she can book one for your parish. Please be aware that these speakers need to be contacted few months ahead of the event. Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (Father Bonaventure or other CFR priest who is involved in marriage ministry) Legionaries of Christ ( Father Edward Hopkins, Father Jason Smith, Father Donald...Many of the LC priests are involved in marriage & family ministries). The CatholicPsych Insitute has a number of therapists who do give talks for married and engaged couples. You can contact the director of the Institute Dr Gregory Bottaro for scheduling.
World Marriage Day "World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life."World Marriage Day is February 9th, 2020. The Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn is looking to honor the “Longest Married” couples in the Eparchy. The couples will be recognized and honored in their own parishes after a Sunday Divine Liturgy. All of the couples registered in the Longest Married couple search are awarded a commemorative certificate signed by Bishop Gregory Mansour. Many Parishes often recognize married couples and give special honor to those celebrating major anniversaries or who are longest married during a Sunday in February. However thsi Divine Liturgy can be celebrated any Sunday of the year. Can wedding Sunday and Sunday of the Family ( close to May 15 ) would be more ideal. The list of all the couples in the “search”, as well as an article featuring the winning couple will be printed in the Maronite Voice. Help us in this research by posting an announcement in your bulletin and on your website. To enter: Couples must have received the Mystery of Crowning for a minimum of 60 years and reside in the Eparchy of Saint Maron (all states on the East Coast from Maine to Florida), contact Marise Frangie at 914-393-8907.
National Marriage Week
National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) is a great opportunity “to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family” says Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth in his letter to all U.S. bishops. For more information click here.