The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal
Union in the image of the covenants between
God and his people with Abraham and Moses
at Mr. Sinai. This divine covenant can never
be broken. In this way, marriage is a union
that bonds spouses together during their entire
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. (CCC 1661)
The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one's self to another. It's this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.
Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their
will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order
to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)
Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity
We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God's image for the purpose of communion with another human being.
The sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God's love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.
After you become engaged, you should contact the parish right away to schedule your wedding date and set up a meeting at least 6 months prior to that date.