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Mary’s getting married.

She’s not converting to Catholicism but she is getting married in a Catholic church, which means she must go through the Pre-Cana, the “course” one takes when getting married in the Church.

… Here are the ten steps, as listed by the Archdiocese of Chicago:

Step 1: Introductory meeting with the priest or pastoral minister.
Step 2: Premarital evaluation and discussion.
Step 3: Follow-up discussion.
Step 4: Participation in parish-based or Archdiocesan marriage preparation class.
Step 5: Christian Sexuality class or Introductory Natural Family Planning class.
Step 6: Consultation with pastoral minister.
Step 7: Wedding rehearsal and marriage license.
Step 8: Wedding day.
Step 9: Newly married continuing education workshops in the first year of marriage.
Step 10: Repeat Step 9.

I’m not sure I’d ever want to go through with any of this, but Mary’s being a good sport about it. She’ll go through the motions.

One of them, however, stands out to her more than the others:

The fifth step gets under my skin slightly. It would be impossible for it not to, being the Thoroughly Modern Millie that I am. We’ll see. I fear Father Joe will tell me that if I have six babies in six years then, well, that’s just God’s will. I trust God’s will. I would not trust myself with six infants. But I’m projecting. I’ll wait and see what he says about all that when we talk about it in person.

I plan to have an army of little Hemants.

It’s all part of the master plan.

Any takers?


Glad we’re on the same page.

[tags]atheist, atheism, Catholicism, wedding, marriage[/tags]

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