MARRIAGE

Sts. Simon and Jude congratulates you on your engagement and welcomes the opportunity to take part in your special day!

Couples interested in preparing and/or celebrating this Sacrament at our parish please contact Alyssa Minchew minchewa@ssjwoodlands.com or Megan Jordan jordanm@ssjwoodlands.com, 281-367-9885.  Please contact us at least six months prior to your desired celebration date.  The church booking, preparation process, and scheduling a priest or deacon will be discussed during this contact.

Our Marriage Preparation Program is called Prepare and Enrich, is a life changing experience where mentor couples work as role models with the engaged couple during marriage preparation, as well as a year after the wedding. 

Two Become One

We are not made to be alone.  Human beings need and complete each other.  Friendship and community satisfy that longing with bonds of common interest and love.  Marriage is a uniquely intimate form of friendship that calls a man and a woman to love each other I the manner of God’s covenant.  Marriage is a Sacrament.  Married love is fruitful and offered without reservation.  This love is the image of Jesus’ faithfulness to the Church.

A marriage that is truly in Christ, a marriage upon which his school of gratitude and openness has left its mark of joy and warmth, is a sign of the Kingdom that is coming. It is a blessing to the couple, to their children, and to everyone who knows them. It offers a sign of hope and a loving witness to human dignity in a world where hope often seems absent and human dignity is often degraded. It is a sign of the Kingdom because the love of Christ moves the married couple to ever greater heights of love.

For tools and information on marriage preparation and enrichment, go to www.foryourmarriage.org

Domestic Church

According to the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: “The family, is so to speak, the domestic church.” (Lumen Gentium #11) This means that it is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek His will for us. Seeks ways on how to build your “domestic church” through a life of prayer that can help all the members of your family.

Ideas can be found through this web site: http://www.domestic-church.com/

Family and Parenting

“While all members of the family are called to live out the foundational Christian virtues, fathers and mothers have a special responsibility for fostering these virtues within their children. They are the first to proclaim the faith to their children. They are responsible for nurturing the vocation of each child, showing by example how to live the married live, and taking special care if a child might be called to priesthood or consecrated life.” – U.S. Bishops, pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan

For tools and resources on parenting and family life go to

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/parents-and-parenting/index.cfm