The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony goes much deeper than the beautiful wedding celebration on their wedding day. A man and woman give themselves freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully to one another for the rest of their lives. Through this Sacrament, God provides the grace necessary to endure the joys and trials that the couple will experience throughout life, and the couple stands as a witness to the love that Christ has for His Bride, the Church.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
If you are engaged to be married, contact the parish to schedule a meeting with the priest or deacon in order to confirm your eligibility to marry and to set a date for the wedding. From there, the parish will instruct you on how you and your fiancée will complete your marriage preparation.
Please contact the Parish Office at (419) 589-2114 ext. 501 to begin the process.