According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
“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” (no. 1661).
Because of its importance, marriage normally requires six months of preparation, which is designed to help the couple prepare for the duties and responsibilities of the sacrament. No date for a wedding may be set until the couple has had an initial meeting with the priest or deacon who will prepare them for marriage.
Fees are assessed to cover the parish’s expenses associated with weddings. Those who are active parishioners pay a lesser fee than who are not active parishioners.
For more information, contact Ida B. O’Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Administrative Manager.
“There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.”
— John 2:1–2