“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**
Preparing for Marriage Sacrament of Reconciliation
We encourage reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of your marriage preparation to benefit more fully from the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage.
Time and Place of the Wedding
Churches are busy places. Kindly consult with one of the priests as soon as possible to secure a date for the Marriage ceremony . Permission is not granted for garden weddings, ceremonies in parks or other outdoor settings.
Wedding with or without a Mass?
Couples are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage within a Mass, but it is also possible to have a ceremony outside of Mass. This is a decision best reached in consultation with the priest/deacon who is preparing you for marriage.
Ecumenical and inter-religious Marriages
We encourage ecumenical and inter-religious couples to confer with the clergy of both faith communities. In every way, the integrity of both individual’s faith convictions should be respected. Any decisions in this regard should always be discussed with the parish priest early in your preparations.
Relatives and Friends as Officiants
Your relatives and friends who are Catholic priests or deacons are always welcome to officiate at your wedding. Please let the priest of our parish know about this decision as soon as it is definite.
**Altar Servers / Music Considerations / Flowers / Ceremony / Photography / Civil License / Special Donations / Pre-Marriage Checklist / Any other Special Considerations**
Natural Family Planning
If you are interested in learning Natural Family Planning (NFP) in preparation for your marraige, please contact John or Rebecca Gust at 507-437-4537 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://register.ccli.org/ to register for an upcoming course.
Where can I learn more about Marriage?
To read more about Marriage in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click here.