When planning the event, be sure to:
Ask your pastor’s permission to conduct the event, and discuss what time the Masses will be held. If possible, multiple ceremonies should be planned, with a renewal ceremony held at each and every Sunday Mass offered at the parish that weekend.
Promote the event several weeks before it occurs. Prepare flyers for distribution at Masses and council meetings. Be sure to post the details on council and parish bulletin websites, as well as on social media.
Discuss with your pastor how your council might offer catechesis to the parish on the Catholic understanding of marriage and the strength of the sacramental bond. If possible, arrange a lecture series to take place several weeks before the renewal ceremony.
Make a pulpit announcement on the day of event just before Mass begins. Be sure to specifically invite all married couples — not simply Knights of Columbus members and their wives — to participate.
Plan a reception to follow the event. Some councils may wish to hold a brunch or supply simple light refreshments, while others may wish to supply wedding cake in honor of the ceremony.
Congratulate each couple and thank them for their witness.
To assist your council in its participation in this Father’s Day program, the following materials are available from the Supreme Council. You may also order the specific items through the Knights of Columbus Supply Department.
For additional information on the Father’s Day Renewal of Wedding Vows, please contact the Supreme Council at 203-752-4270.