(A Sacrament of Service)
Man and woman were created for each other.
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, or Marriage is a sacrament where a man and woman commit themselves to each other in a partnership of their entire lives in fidelity to each other both for their own good and the good of their children. Sacred Scripture refers to Marriage as a "mystery" because of the unique way that Christ raises the matrimonial bond to the level of a sacrament. The love of a married couple is like Christ's: it is selfless and sacrificial for the sake of the good of the other spouse. For Latin Rite Catholics the celebration of Marriage normally takes place during Mass because of its deep connection with the Eucharist. The matrimonial bond is formed between the couple by their exchange of vows and mutual consent to enter into a loving, permanent relationship broken only by death. The sacrament of Marriage is possible when two persons have both received all of the Sacraments of Initiation.
In order to properly prepare couples for marriage, it is expected that the couple contact the Parish Office first, to arrange for an appointment prior to making other arrangements. This must be done at least six months prior to the desired date of marriage. When meeting with the priest, the stages for the Marriage Preparation Process will be explained in further detail.
If you wish to have your marriage blessed (Con-validated)...
Please contact the Parish Office (203) 265-0961