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." CCC 1601
The bond of Christian marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power. The effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony are:
1. To sanctify the love of husband and wife;
2. To give them grace to bear with each other´s weaknesses;
3. To enable them to bring up their children in the fear and love of God.
To receive the Sacrament of Matrimony worthily it is necessary to be in the state of grace, and it is necessary also to comply with the laws of the Church. The Church alone has the right to make laws concerning the Sacrament of marriage, though the state also has the right to make laws concerning the civil effects of the marriage contract. Christians should prepare for a holy and happy marriage by receiving the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist, by asking God to grant them a pure intention, and to direct their choice by seeking the advice of their parents.
No wedding can be scheduled in the Parish Calendar without meeting in person with Father Paul Householder to ensure that marriage within the Church can indeed take place in the time period desired. It is always wise, therefore, to ensure your date in the Parish calendar prior to confirming a date with your social hall or caterer. Contact the parish office at least 6 months prior to the wedding date.
Biblical references: Matt 19:5; Mark 10:7-12; Eph 5:22-32; 1 Thess 4:4; Mal 2:14-16; Matt 5:32-33; Matt 19:4-6,9; Mark 10:11-12; Lk 16:18; Rom 7:2-3; 1 Cor 7:10-11