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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; Fifth edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594712824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594712821
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin served in sacramental ministry in the Diocese of Syracuse. A prolific writer on pastoral care and spirituality concerns, wrote more than fifty books and traveled more than two million miles lecturing in the United States and abroad. He died in January of 2008.

Peter A. Jarret, C.S.C., is superior and rector of Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame.

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Made it fast and easy to choose our songs and readings.
M.Meir
I recommend this book to anyone preparing for a Catholic wedding ceremony.
Ann Burckell
It also offered really good alternatives for the standard vows.
Cristina Hernandez

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Casad on January 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
When my fiancee and I decided to get married and went to talk to our parish priest, he presented us with this text. It has proven to be a wonderful planning aid for my fiancee and me. We have enjoyed reading all of the readings and deciding which ones will be used in our Mass. For those who want to plan a wedding that recognizes that Marriage is a Sacrament, and says this and remains Catholic through-and-through Champlin's text is an excellent source. We also purchased several other books, including "Perspectives On Marriage with Catholic Wedding Ceremony," and Chris Aridas' excellent "Your Catholic Wedding."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nino Marchetti on October 17, 2003
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Together for Life really helps you to pull your Catholic wedding ceremony together. It's well laid out and provides easy instructions on how to plan your liturgy and which verses to choose. I wish it would offer a little more information on optional parts of the ceremony (i.e. candle lighting, Mary offering) but that is the only minor issue I could find. Good to get multiple copies - one for bride and one for groom.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
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When most couples prepare to marry in the Catholic Church, they don't realize they don't have to have the "standard" wedding mass. This book shows samples and suggestions for choosing your own music, readings from the Bible, responsorial psalms, even adding some personalization to your vows. I'm glad I bought it, I'm looking forward to hearing the mass my fiance and I put together for our wedding. This is a unique book at a bargain price.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcia on April 5, 2000
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I have borrowed this book from friends to look at and now have one from my church as I plan my wedding. The one I have I can't keep so I decided to get my own copy! I love the information and readings in it and the "comments for couples" are great to read with your future spouse to discuss things.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 9, 2008
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My fiance and I are both devout Catholic and started planning our Nuptial Mass, but neither of us have ever gone to a Catholic wedding that we can remember! I ordered EIGHT books on Catholic weddings, and this one is by far the best. Very easy to follow and straightforward. Makes choosing readings and prayers so simple. If you're having a Catholic wedding--with Mass or outside of Mass---GET THIS BOOK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancella Simoes on September 22, 2009
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I bought this book recently in order to plan our Nuptials which is due to take place early 2010. My Fiance and I wanted to select the readings and other passages but not just by browsing through Catholic websites but by really understanding what the readings mean and convey. We came across many references to this particular book and decided to purchase it ourselves. It is really helpful in terms of providing an explanation of the readings as well as anecdotes from "real" couples. We find this book really helpful and think its a really handy book for couples planning their wedding. The entire format of the mass and prayers / liturgy and Rite of marriage (along with options) is included making it easier to decide. The explanation is simple and easy to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William A. Ryan on December 7, 2010
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I have been using Fr. Joseph Champlin's booklet, "Together for Life" as pastor of a Catholic parish for over a decade to prepare couples for marriage, and it has been universally appreciated and enjoyed by every couple. It is clear, concise, has all you need to prepare for the ceremony and is user-friendly. Just ordered more, since I had run out.

Fr. Joe has two versions - one for the wedding inside Mass and another for the wedding ceremony outside Mass. The first gives many choices for the Scripture readings from the Old Testament, Responsorial Psalms, New Testament readings and finally the Gospels. Fr. Joe gives thought-provoking ideas after every reading as suggestions for homily material. You'll like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cristina Hernandez on September 14, 2007
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GREAT and easy to read. The officiant that is going to marry us recommended this book to me and my fiance. It is what he uses to conduct his weddings. So all we had to do was just go thru and decide which "version" and/or readings we wanted read and that was it. Pretty simple. It also has a nice little record keeper in the front in back, so that you can keep track of what is going to be read and when. It also offered really good alternatives for the standard vows.
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