Sacrament of Marriage

"Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman, and ends with 'the wedding feast of the Lamb.' (Rev. 19:7,9) Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.

"By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, 'Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.'

"The sacrament of marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics

are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults)

What engaged couples need to know:

With the Catholic Church, the sacrament of marriage is celebrated between a man and a woman, witnessed by a priest or a deacon in the church.

Couples wishing to be married in one of our parishes must first verify that both are free to marry in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Before a date for the wedding can be reserved, the couple must be registered and active members of one of our parishes for at least one year.

Pre-Cana classes (marriage preparation) and appointment(s) with the pastor will be required prior to the ceremony.

Please contact the parish office at least one year in advance to start

your marriage process.

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