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.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Planning Your Wedding:
- Please contact the parish office six to twelve months prior to your desired date.
- In planning your wedding, you will work with a priest or deacon, our Wedding Coordinator and a sponsor couple through the Prepare program.
- Feel free to review the following resources as you prepare:
Because of the great value that we give to the Sacrament of Marriage and the centrality that the Eucharist has in our belief system, it is strongly recommended that marriage be celebrated in the context of a Mass. This can be done even if one of the two parties is not Catholic. The Catholic Church asks you to seriously prepare for your wedding and marriage.
"The intimate communion of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the creator.... The matrimonial covenant...has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1601, 1603)
Blessing of an Existing Marriage
All baptized Catholics are asked to have their wedding vows witnessed before a priest or deacon unless dispensation has been granted by the diocesan bishop. When people are married outside of the Church, they are invited to have their marriage blessed (sometimes called "validation"). This process includes meeting with a priest or deacon, completing a questionnaire and scheduling the ceremony to ask God's blessing upon their marriage. Contact the Parish Office at 952-890-9465 for more information.