Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Man and woman were created for each other.
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, "Father, you have made theunion of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church."
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.
The Sacrament of Marriage is offered to registered members of the parish (or who have immediate family registered as parish members), those who are free to marry and have completed Marriage Preparation. Availability of wedding dates can be determined by checking with the Parish Office. We ask that Marriage Preparation begin at least 6-9 months prior to your wedding date. Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays with afternoon weddings beginning no later than 2:30 PM. A fee is charged for the Marriage Preparation program and for the use of the church or chapel space. Contact the Parish Office, 253-2193, opt. 2.
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