The Sacrament of Matrimony

 Lord God, the source of all love,
the wise plan of Your providence
has brought these young people together.
As they prepare themselves for the
Sacrament of Marriage and pray for Your grace,
grant that, strengthened by Your blessing, +
they may grow in their respect for one another
and cherish each other with a sincere love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessings to you on your engagement to each other. You are both entering a special and holy time of preparing for a most sacred way of living:

“A Marriage that is desired, prepared for, celebrated, and lived daily in the light of faith is that is “joined by the Church, strengthen by a sacrificial offering, sealed by a blessing, announced by Angels and ratified by the Father … How wonderful the bond of the two believers: one in hope, one in vow, one in discipline, one in the same service! They are both children of one Father and servants of the same Master, with no separation of spirit and flesh. Indeed, they are two in one flesh; where there is on flesh, there is also one spirit.”” (The Order for Celebrating Matrimony, number 11 which includes a quote from the ancient Christian writer, Tertullian)

Jesus held Marriage in high regard during His Public Ministry (eg Matthew 19:1-2). He not only taught that Marriage is rooted in Creation, but is a unique way of expressing His love for all people. Couples living Marriage as a Sacrament (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601-1666 ) are not only “ordained” for the salvation of each other and their children but also witness concretely to Divine Love in our world.

As a parish, we are here to help you in this exciting time in your life and in the life of the Church. Your marriage contributes to the mission of the Church by being a visible sign of God’s life-giving love.

Since your Marrige in Jesus Christ is an awe-inspiring moment in life, time is needed (at least 6 months) to properly and prayerfully prepare. This preparatory time begins by calling the parish to arrange a meeting with one of the priests. Please DO NOT make any commitments (financial, schedule, etc.) until you both meet with one of the priests. At that meeting, the priest will answer your questions concerning the celebration of your Marriage in the parish, discuss the Sacramentality of Marriage as well as needed documentation such as recently issued Baptismal Certificates and other requirements.

The parish is also very happy to assist couples who are in a civil but non-Catholic marriage. Popularly known as ‘getting one’s marriage blessed,’ this Convalidation Ceremony celebrates your Marriage as a Sacrament. Such will afford you the opportunity for full participation in the Church’s Sacramental life and to be eligible to serve as a Godparent in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Kindly call the parish to arrange a meeting with one of the priests. 

 O God, Who in creating the human race
willed that man and wife should be one,
join, we pray, in a bond of inseparable love
these your servants who are to be united
in the covenant of Marriage, so that,
as You make their love fruitful,
they may become, by Your Grace,
witnesses to charity itself
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.