Marriage

Marriage is a “covenant or partnership of life between a man and woman, which is ordered
to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When
validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament
(CCC §1601).

“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 §1660).

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give
themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful
and fruitful love”
(CCC §1662).

“Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that
its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a
witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful.”
(CCC §1663).

Marriage must be arranged at least six months prior to the wedding.  Please call the parish
office to schedule an appointment with Fr. Kenneth Taylor and to set the wedding date.