By César Sánchez
CANTON – On Saturday, December 2, after months of preparation, six couples received God’s blessing in the Sacrament of Matrimony. The community of Canton Sacred Heart Parish was honored to witness their commitments during a Mass concelebrated by Father Raúl Ventura, ST, and Father Mike O’Brien. Most of the brides and grooms hail from Guatamala.
At 10: 00 a.m., the bridal march rang as the couples entered God’s house. Family and friends from Carthage, Forest and Morton gathered to witness their commitment to love and respect each other in the good and bad times all the days of their lives.
Father Raúl emphasized with vigor and eloquence, “The sacraments are visible signs of the infinite love of God to the world.” He also stressed that the community participated as a witness of the commitment that the spouses are freely accepting before God.
The six couples are Oscar Felix and Estela Gabriel; Julián Marroquín and María Miranda; Trinidad Pérez and Silvia Miranda; Rene López and Candelaria Pérez; Carlos López and Olimpia García; Sergio Félix and María Isabel.
They prepared by meeting with the parish coordinator of Hispanic ministry, Blanca Peralta and seminarian César Sánchez, who carried out an intense catechesis deepening their faith in the sacraments. The couples reflected on the need for the Sacrament of Marriage as they met as a group during several weekends and two retreats.
After the Mass, the couples and their guests had a standing-room-only reception in the parish center.
This celebration is a sign that God wants to give us His grace through the sacraments. Marriage is within His plan of salvation. For this reason, we continue to invite those couples who have not had their unions blessed by God in the Church to seek the Sacrament of Matrimony. To begin preparations, contact the pastor in your parish.
(César Sánchez is a seminarian for the Diocese of Jackson.)