ONE IN CHRIST WEEKEND
The Sacrament of Marriage:
More Than a Legal Document
Among baptized persons, marriage has been raised by Christ to the dignity of a Sacrament. The marriage of two Christians possesses a unique character: it is a permanent and visible sign of Christ’s love to the couple, and through them, a sign of Christ’s love and living presence in the world. To be married in the Catholic Church means far more than having the wedding ceremony in a church building. While marriage as a “contract” is legally binding, a Sacramental covenant is spiritually and morally binding. To be married in the presence of the Church and the Church’s minister means a man and a woman are joined together in a lasting bond of love, to live the Sacrament of their marriage all their days. God’s love for us is continually proclaimed in the love of spouses for each other.
The One in Christ Weekend offers engaged couples a unique opportunity to look at their commitment to each other in a deeper way, through the eyes of faith, as they prepare for marriage. Through presentations by trained married couples and a Catholic priest, each couple is invited to deepen their faith and to better understand the Christ-centered natured of Sacramental marriage. Using the curriculum, One in Christ, discussion focuses on both the Sacramental theology and the practical “tools” of Christian Marriage, so that couples reach an understanding of how marriage is a participation in the life of heaven, and what that means for their lives together here on earth. Couples are guided to see the what, why and how of the Church’s teaching on marriage. It gives them the opportunity, in a beautiful location, to focus exclusively on each other, free from the pressure and distractions of the outside world. There is time built into the weekend schedule for personal reflection and dialogue, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the celebration of Holy Mass.
Who Is It For?
The One in Christ Weekend is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington and is open to any couple preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church.