Marriage is a practice common to all cultures in all ages. It is, therefore, a natural institution, something common to all mankind. At its most basic level, marriage is a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation and mutual support, and love.

In the Catholic Church, however, marriage is more than a natural institution; it was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana, to be one of the seven sacraments. A marriage between two Christians, therefore, has a supernatural element as well as a natural one.

The effect of this sacrament is an increase in sanctifying grace for the spouses, a participation in the divine life of God Himself.

This sanctifying grace helps each spouse to help the other advance in holiness, and it helps them together to cooperate in God's plan of redemption by raising up children in the Faith.
Engaged couples must attend Marriage Preparation classes beginning at least six months before marriage.


Marriage Preparation

Marriage preparation is the way in which the parish helps those who are preparing to be married so that they truly realize the holiness of the union they are pledging themselves to live within. The priest must meet with those to be married at least six months before their wedding so that adequate time can be given to marriage and wedding preparation. Engaged couples are asked to participate in this program which meets four times.

Rectory Office
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