MPG: Coping with Tragedy and Grief
Welcoming the Order of Celebrating Matrimony
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CONTINUE PRAYERS FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY POLAND...
Continue praying for our World Youth Day pilgrims in Poland as well as those who will be attending the WYD Stateside celebration here in the Diocese of Orlando. Stay abreast of the status of WYD through our diocesan website.
THEOLOGY ON TAP IN OCALA
Just a reminder that young adults are invited to a gathering hosted by the Northern Deanery. The topics to be addressed are specific to emerging adulthood and include: friends, career, work, school, money, relationships, etc. The event is entitled "So...Life Happens" and will take place Thursday, July 28th. For more information, click here.
MINISTRY PROFESSIONALS GATHERING REMINDER...
All parish ministry, administrative, and support professionals (clergy and lay) are encouraged to attend our upcoming Ministry Professionals Gathering:
Coping with Tragedy and Grief:
Ministering in the Wake of Crisis
Thursday, August 18, 2016
9:30am - 2:30pm
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Winter Park
Our presenter, Ms. Catherine Galda, is a psycho-therapist well-known for the guidance and support she has provided to those who lived through the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Her experience and expertise will serve us well as our central Florida community addresses the aftermath of the traumatic events of the past few weeks.
To register for this event, click here.
CHAPTER 5 OF AMORIS LAETITIA, CONTINUED...
An Expanding Fruitfulness. Some couples are unable to have children. We know that this can be a cause of real suffering for them. At the same time, we know that “marriage was not instituted solely for the procreation of children….Even in cases where, despite the intense desire of the spouses, there are no children, marriage still retains its character of being a whole manner and communion of life, and preserves its value and indissolubility.”1 So too, “motherhood is not a solely biological reality, but is expressed in diverse ways.”2
Adoption is a very generous way to become parents. I encourage those who cannot have children to expand their marital love to embrace those who lack a proper family situation. They will never regret having been generous. Adopting a child is an act of love, offering the gift of a family to someone who has none. Those who accept the challenge of adopting and accepting someone unconditionally and gratuitously become channels of God’s love.
We also do well to remember that procreation and adoption are not the only ways of experiencing the fruitfulness of love.… Christian families should never forget that “faith does not remove us from the world, but draws us more deeply into it…Each of us, in fact, has a special role in preparing for the coming of God’s kingdom in our world.”3 Families should not see themselves as a refuge from society, but instead go forth from their homes in a spirit of solidarity with others.
A married couple who experiences the power of love knows that this love is called to bind the wounds of the outcast, to foster a culture of encounter and to fight for justice. God has given the family the job of “domesticating” the world4 and helping each person to see fellow human beings as brothers and sisters…. In their efforts to live according to the Gospel, they are mindful of Jesus’ words: “As you did to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).
By their witness as well as their words, families speak to others of Jesus. They pass on the faith, they arouse a desire for God and they reflect the beauty of the Gospel and its way of life. Christian marriages thus enliven society by their witness of fraternity, their social concern, their outspokenness on behalf of the underprivileged, their luminous faith and their active hope. Their fruitfulness expands and in countless ways makes God’s love present in society.
1. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes,, no. 50
2. Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops, Aparecida Document (June 29, 2007), No. 457.
3. Address at the Meeting with Families in Manila (January 16, 2015): AAS 107 (2015), 178
4. Cf. Catechesis (September 16, 2015): L’Osservatore Romano, September 17, 2015, p. 8. THIS IS IT!
NFP Awareness Week, July 24th - 30th, 2016
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s design for married love and the gift of life and to raise awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods.
An overview of NFP is one of the components of the one-day and overnight Marriage Preparation Workshops. For couples interested in scheduling an NFP class in this area, please go to the Diocesan website: Click here
World Youth Day is underway in Krakow, Poland! Join in on this joyous occasion by celebrating at World Youth Day Stateside event here in Orlando on July 30th. The evening will be a celebration of what pilgrims from all over the world will be experiencing in Krakow- spirituality, culture, and message. Young adults ages 18-40 are welcome to join and bring friends! See the flyer below.
On February 2, 2016, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, issued a Decree of Publication for the English translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony. He wrote that this ritual text “may be published and used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. From that day forward, no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the dioceses of the United States.” The Spanish language edition of this rite, Ritual del Matrimonio, had already been published by the USCCB in 2010.
Once again, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the BCDW Secretariat Staff will team up to offer formation on the revised rite. Workshops have been strategically scheduled in regions across the country and the FDLC has prepared materials for liturgical catechesis. The workshops are intended for priests, deacons, parish musicians, and leaders who actively prepare couples for marriage and for the celebration of Matrimony.
The workshop for FDLC Region XIV will be held in Orlando on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul, Winter Park. The day-long workshop will combine the very best of liturgical theology and pastoral practice and will cover such topics as:
What's new in the second edition? What has stayed the same?
The Theology of Marriage
Duties and Ministries
Pastoral Preparation of Engaged Couples
The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass
The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and Catechumen or a Non-Christian
Principles of Preparing the Wedding Liturgy
Music for the Wedding Liturgy
… and more with time for discussion and questions.
The cost of the workshop is $55 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, workshop materials, and presenter fees. Register online by clicking here.
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