Homily for February 13, 2011: World Marriage Day

We talk a lot in this church about vocations.  Here in the parish, we have the novena to St. Jean Vianney every summer. We host a vocations fair every year, where priests and religious set up tables and talk about their different orders.  And, of course, we pray regularly for an increase in vocations.  We [Read More...]

Pope: no one has the right to wed

As fate would have it, I’m meeting with a couple of people this week to help them begin the annulment process.  So this news out of the Vatican today was especially timely. Details: Pope Benedict has asked Catholic priests to do a better job preparing people for marriage, saying that no one has an automatic [Read More...]

Ooh la la: more French shunning marriage

Could something like this happen here? From the New York Times: Some are divorced and disenchanted with marriage; others are young couples ideologically opposed to marriage, but eager to lighten their tax burdens. Many are lovers not quite ready for old-fashioned matrimony. Whatever their reasons, and they vary widely, French couples are increasingly shunning traditional [Read More...]