Marriage is a “covenant or partnership of life between a man and woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601).
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Marriage are normally commenced by contacting the parish at least 6 months in advance. Couples are asked to participate in a program of Marriage Preparation and will be provided with guidance for preparing their wedding ceremony and contacting parish musicians.
Early planning and working with several of the talented volunteers here in the parish can save you time and literally hundreds of dollars. Weddings in the church are rarely “As Seen On TV” and being aware of the differences is very important to making your sacramental day memorable.
After speaking with the Pastor, you may be referred to a Marriage Preparation program. The Northern Deanery weekend normally takes place in April each year. It is strongly recommended that you keep the dates clear and plan to participate. By all reports, this weekend to reflect on the sacrament has helped couples in discerning their call to the vocation of marriage. Information on the weekend and a registration form are available by clicking on the highlighted references or by following the links below.
Unlike the other six sacraments which are all administered by a Bishop, Priest, or Deacon, the sacrament of matrimony is administered by the husband and wife to each other; the Priest or Deacon is merely the Church’s witness who blesses the union created by the exchange of consent. The marriage bond, created only by those who are truly free by God’s law to marry, is an irrevocable covenant which binds the spouses to each other for life, and the sacrament of matrimony conveys the special grace necessary to strengthen them for lifelong fidelity and growth in holiness.
Christ dwells with the spouses and gives them the grace to take up their crosses daily, to rise again after they fall, to forgive one another, to bear each other’s burdens, to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ, and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love. Please read the Catechism, sections 1601-1666, for a fuller treatment of this great gift of grace from God to His children.
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