The Sacrament of Marriage
Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
For most people marriage is one of the most important decisions and realities of their life; in it they form a community of love. For Catholics, marriage is not merely a civil contract but is a covenant between a man and a woman before God. If both are baptized, the marriage is a sacrament, a symbol of the unity of Christ and the Church. A sacramental marriage is a means of grace, giving strength to the husband and wife to live out their commitment, and to help each on the path to holiness.
Couples seeking to be married at St John Vianney must meet the following requirements:
- Make your first appointment with the Pastor to set dates, at least 6 months before the date you have in mind for the wedding.
- Premarital Inventory (PMI) – Contact Rick and Peg Machuta for an appointment as soon as possible after your initial meeting with Father. They will explain to you what the follow‐up process will be.
- The following must be attended sometime during the 6‐month preparation process:
a. At the time of your PMI administration Rick and Peg Machuta will give you the following information (one of which you must attend/participate in):
• Sponsor Couple Program, which is offered only to those getting married at St. John Vianney
• Diocesan Marriage Preparation Workshop or Diocesan Pre‐Cana, for which they will give you a current list of dates
b. Natural Family Planning Class –Can take NFP online or a three‐series class through Couple to
c. Money Management/Budgeting Workshop – Contact Marty Best for upcoming dates
- Make final appointment with the Pastor, Fr. Mike, to discuss
final ceremony details.
Rev. Michael Alber
Director of Faith Formation