Marriage: Why make it Catholic?
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1601)
All love comes from God, and all love reflects the love that God has for His creation. The Sacrament of Matrimony or Marriage is, first and foremost, a sign and symbol of this love. Marriage is a sacrament of the self-giving love which two people offer to each other. The love which a couple have for each other mirrors the love God has for men and women.
The minister of the Sacrament of Marriage is the couple themselves. The priest serves as a witness.
The joy and mutual support of married love can be a source of strength which enables married people to serve others in a very powerful way. It should spill out to their children and to those around them and become a source of life, hope and comfort for others. This is reflected in the blessing which the priest often gives the newly-married couples, saying:
"May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that the afflicted and the needy will find in you generous friends and welcome you into the joys of Heaven."
Arranging your Marriage
- Call the office to make an appointment wth a priest.
- Documents needed: a current Baptismal certificate, confirmation certificate and a license from the county.
- Attend the marriage preparation classes.
- Take a FOCCUS survey.
Customary offering and stipends
If you are a registered parishioner: $500.00
Wedding coordinator: $150.00
Weddings will take place either on Friday at 4:00 p.m., Saturday at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Please call us at least six months in advance of the wedding.
You may contact the Parish Office at (707) 448-2390