By Deacon Richard Kijewski
To Have and to Hold, from This Day Forth…
As we look back at the sacramental life of our parish, we fondly remember those couples who shared the sacrament of Matrimony over our twenty year history – pledging life and love to each other in front of their family, their friends, and our church community. Hundreds of couples walked down the center aisle of the church and, in each instance, began their new life’s vocation through the words of the sacrament.
The instructions in the Rite of Marriage remind us –
“Married Christians, by virtue of the sacrament of Matrimony, signify and share in the mystery of unity and love which exists between Christ and his Church; they help each other attain holiness in their married life…”
But there’s also recognition that the couple doesn’t “go it alone”. Marriage is a call to covenant relationship between the couple, God, and the community. Mitch and Kelly Fuzi, who were married at St. Thomas More many years ago, and have been part of the Marriage Preparation and (now) Keep It Strong marriage ministries, shared this perspective –
“The sacrament of Marriage is that unique bond or partnership that we pledged in the eyes of the Lord, our family and our friends. As a Catholic couple, we have had our fair share of ups and downs – like any other couple. But the vows we hold true ARE for better or for worse, knowing that at the end of the day our marriage is something that we always work on together. We try to share our love selflessly putting the other first; we wish we could say it always happens but we are human, and constantly work on doing so with God’s guidance every step of the way.”
That’s what becoming the sacrament of Marriage is all about – living out the call to life, love and holiness in and through each other, with the help of God and his Church. The joy we witness on the bride’s and groom’s faces are a reminder to all of us of the joy we feel as a community when we see them come forth from our midst and begin their new life’s journey together. We are especially blessed that many of those couples married at our church still continue to call St. Thomas More their spiritual home. Together, we continue to grow in faith and act in love.October 19, 2017