Congratulations on your engagement!
We look forward to sharing our pre-marriage process with you and your fiance as you prepare for this Holy Sacrament.
At least one of the parties must be a registered member of the parish. The couple must contact the cluster parish office at least six months in advance.
- Deacon Derick meets with the couple regarding their freedom to marry and then sets the wedding date with them.
- Next the couple meets to fill out the premarital forms and discuss the marriage preparation materials.
- Each couple attends a Pre-Marriage Workshop offered in the cluster.
- Deacon Derick meets with the engaged couple at least a month prior to the wedding to do the final liturgy planning.
- All weddings in our parishes are scheduled at 2:30 PM.
About the Sacrament of Marriage:
The Church sees Marriage as a Sacrament. The couple, who articulate their vows with the priest as witness, illuminate the presence of Christ in their lives. The Nuptial Blessing says that God formed man and woman in God’s own image to bear witness to the love of Christ before all people.
In every step toward sacramental Marriage and from sacramental Marriage, the presence of Christ is strengthened in the woman and the man. This is what makes the difference between a civil marriage and a sacramental marriage. It is a way of life or “vocation.”
As the couple matures together, the presence of Christ grows. Their children, their extended family, and their friends see the couple as unique because the presence of Christ is very evident in their sacramental relationship. In this way, the vocational call to the sacrament of Marriage is like the vocational call to the priesthood. The couple, as the presence of Christ through the graces of sacramental Marriage, preside over the church in the home much like the priest presides over the church in the parish.
In the church in the home (the domestic church), the couple teaches the values of Catholicism, the prayers, and the acts of charity and love to family and friends alike. This is why we understand the sacramental Rite of Marriage in a unique way.
The central symbols of the Sacrament of Marriage are first, the couple and second, their vows.
It is good to highlight these three symbols, the couple, the vows, and the rings in the celebration of the sacrament of Marriage. The symbols establish a new household in Christ and are a foundation for the birth of children.
When the Rite of Marriage is celebrated at Mass, the couple expresses unity in an additional symbolic way as they share in the unity of Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Christ. This sacramental sharing is central in the life of all Catholics and is a life-long practice expressing their ongoing bonding and unity in Christ. Beyond that, other elements from other settings that are meant to symbolize a unity already celebrated by the couple, vows, and exchange of rings, are secondary.
The couple that chooses Sacramental Marriage, expresses a vocation or call, to be the presence of Christ in their love for one another, their children, their extended family, and friends. The symbol of their unity is expressed through the vows they exchange as a couple. The outward sign of their unity is forever expressed by their love for one another, the children born by that love, and the rings they wear.