The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes. (CCC, no. 1603) The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (CCC, no. 1660).
Engaged couples enter into the marriage preparation process as outlined in our “Marriage Preparation Guide” which can be found in the Narthex of our Church. This process includes the FOCCUS instrument, meeting with a Mentor Couple, taking the Couple Communication Program, and an individual session with the counselor on Family of Origin. The Marriage Preparation Ministry helps in as many ways as possible to provide support for a successful marriage relationship. A couple needs to contact the priest to set their date at least nine months before they desire to celebrate this sacrament.