Charity registration No. SC002876   Sunday January 13th. 2013 Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism The Wedding Marriage is one of the most beautiful sacraments instituted by God. The natural attraction that grows between a man and a woman can develop into a love where they wish to share their life together. On the day of their wedding, they solemnly make their vows before God, before the priest, their family and guests. At that moment, by the power of God, their whole life is changed; they are no longer two, but are now husband and wife, one body, the closest union on this earth. This is a wonderful moment that will live with them for ever, and is the fulfilment of all their hopes and dreams. They will be assured by Our Lord’s words that where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst.  This gives strength and courage for the future to know that God is always with them in the sacrament they have received. Founding a home A newly-married wish to found their own home where they can share their love and provide a secure place for the children with which they hope to be blessed. The intimacy of husband and wife is something very beautiful, personal  and sacred before God, and the grace which they give to each other helps them to grow in holiness and become closer and seek that perfect unity of being totally one. Children The fruits of their love are their children, and every young couple are filled with joy when they become aware of their first pregnancy. The wonder of forming new life and bringing it into the world makes it a mystery of sharing in God’s creative power Their children come into the world, into a home where they will find love and security, where they will be cherished and cared for, and from their parents they will have an example to help them grow up to know and love Almighty God. Baptism Once the mother is home from hospital, and she and the father begin to adjust to the wonder of the new presence of the baby in their lives, they begin to think of having the child baptised. Of all the love and devotion they can give to the child, the greatest thing they can do for their child is to have it christened, so that it becomes a son or daughter of God, its Father in heaven. Baptism offers salvation to the child, and makes it a member of Christ’s Body, the Church, with all the rights and privileges of receiving the other sacraments as it grows up towards adulthood. There is no greater joy for parents than to see their children make their First Holy Communion. The Family A family whose marriage is based on its love of God, its love of the Church, the Mass and the sacraments, will give their children the perfect ideal to follow for the rest of their lives, and, in time,  pass this on to their own children—a grace they will need in a world that is becoming ever more materialistic. Today is an opportunity for us all to thank God for our baptism, and reflect on the privilege of having the presence of the Holy Trinity dwelling with us.