from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female. For this reason
a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh.'
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined
together, no human being must separate." (Mark 10:6-9)
Ø  Sacred Scripture opens with the
story of creation of man and woman, who are made in the image and likeness of
God (Genesis 1:26-27). This story reveals that God himself is the author of
Ø  Marriage is a sign of God's love for people and an unbreakable covenant .
Ø  It is a covenant by which a man and a woman form an intimate communion of life and love with each other.
Ø  Marriage involves a major commitment. Together a man and woman join in a lifetime partnership to support one another, to accept children lovingly from God, and to serve others in their capacity as husband and wife.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION CHECKLIST REQUIREMENTS FOR BRIDE AND GROOM
Not less than 6 months in
advance of the anticipated date of the wedding, the couple should meet with the
priest who will assist to attend the marriage preparation course conducted by
the Family Comission on every second Saturday and Sunday of months except in
the month of May.
The parents are to attend
the seminar on the second day and it is mandatory for conducting the procedures
Within 6 months of the wedding date, the
couple should request newly issued baptismal certificates from their church of
baptism to present to the parish priest for writing of banns for the marriage.
REQUIREMENTS FOR OFFICIATING PRIEST
Officiants with faculties within the
Diocese of Coimbatore are expected to guide the engaged couple through the
marriage preparation process required by the Diocese of Coimbatore.
Required documents are:
· Prenuptial Inquiry - Should be completed, signed, and documented with your church seal.
· Dispensations - Necessary for any previous marriages and/or mixed religions. A marriage between a catholic and non-baptized person must obtain a dispensation from Disparity of Cult and may not be celebrated within the context of Mass.
· Baptismal Certificates
· Certificate of Marriage Preparation
· Pastor Permission Letter – From the
Pastor of the bride or groom or the Catholic party’s parish (mixed religion)
for couples who reside outside the Cathedral Parish.
Anointing of the sick
anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the church. They in
turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This
prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will
restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his. (James 5:14–15)
Some frequently asked questions
about the sacrament:
Q: Who should receive the Anointing
of the Sick?
A: Anyone who is ill, about to have or has had surgery, the chronically ill, those suffering terminal or other illnesses.
Q: When should the sacrament of the
sick be administered?
A: It is not necessary to wait until a person is dying before calling a priest. The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death" (CCC 1514).
Q: I have been anointed in the past,
and I am ill again. May I be anointed again?
A: If some time has passed and you are experiencing another illness, you may receive the sacrament again.
At St. Michael’s Cathedral Anointing
of the Sick is available upon request. Please call the parish priests’ Office,
well in time and need not wait till one gets into danger of death.