“The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1661
Matrimony (marriage) is the intimate relationship of life and love between a man and a woman. In order to assist you effectively and fulfill our pastoral responsibility, time must be made to consider certain convictions before couples may enter into marriage within the Catholic Church. There is need for Church involvement in marriage preparation with
engaged couples to provide both spiritual and human enrichment. Engaged couples are required to receive a sacramental preparation. Formational meetings are held with a priest or deacon. These sessions help build the couple relationship, establish a relationship with the priest or deacon, and ensure that the couple intends what the Catholic church intends by the Sacrament of Marriage, that the grace of the sacrament may bear fruit in the new life which begins on your wedding day.
**A one year notice to your parish priest of a couple’s impending marriage date is ideal, certainly as soon as possible**
Where can I learn more about Marriage?
To read more about Marriage in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click here.