“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
WHAT IS MATRIMONY?
“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mark 10:6-9)
On behalf of St. John Francis Regis and St. Catherine of Alexandria Churches, congratulations on your engagement! We know this is a special time as God prepares your hearts to give yourselves totally to one another through the beauty of this holy sacrament.
Sacred Scripture opens with the story of the creation of man and woman, who are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). This story reveals that God himself is the author of marriage. Marriage is a sign of God’s love for His Church and an unbreakable covenant. It is a covenant by which a man and a woman form an intimate communion of life and love with each other. Together a man and woman join in a lifetime partnership to support one another, to accept children lovingly from God, and to serve others in their capacity as husband and wife.
Because the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is such an amazing gift, Both St. John Francis Regis and St. Catherine of Alexandria Churches seek to preserve it with you and prepare you for your marriage. Marriage preparation must take place at least six months prior to the date of the wedding. Couples who celebrate the sacrament of matrimony undergo preparation through Witness to Love. Learn more about Witness to Love here.
We also provide sacramental marriage preparation to couples seeking to validate or bless their civil union in the catholic church. Learn more about marriage preparation for couple's in civil unions here.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the office at 337-754-5912.