Marriage is a holy sacrament of the Catholic Church, as well as a legal union recognized by the state government. A man and woman walk into the church as individuals. But after they say their vows before God and witnesses, they enter into a lifelong union demonstrating the very image of God and become a symbol of God’s undying commitment to love us always.
Pope Francis describes this unique covenant between a man and a woman this way:
When a man and woman celebrate the sacrament of Matrimony, God as it were “is mirrored” in them; he impresses in them his own features and the indelible character of his love. Marriage is the icon of God’s love for us.
The Apostle Paul describes the nuptial relationship of Christian spouses as a tangible expression of the great mystery of Christ and the Church. To live this sacred union, the Church provides preparation for a committed loving relationship.
To be married in the Catholic Church, at least one of the individuals must be a confirmed Catholic. Preparation for this sacrament is handled through the deacon, and requests must be made to him. Expect to meet with the deacon regularly in the months leading up to one’s wedding. Please contact the deacon at least six months before the proposed wedding date.
Call 503-222-2055 to set up an appointment.