The Sacrament of Marriage
He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 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.”
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 Tim and Jeannie Deibis at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for an appointment as soon as possible after your initial meeting with Father.
- Pre-Cana – Contact Marty Best in the Parish Office (you will be given information on the following options, one of which you must attend/participate in prior to wedding date):
- Beloved Marriage Prep/Sponsor Couple Program
- Diocesan Marriage Preparation Workshop or Diocesan Pre‐Cana
- Theology of the Body Pre-Cana Online or Catholic Marriage Prep Class Pre-Cana Online
- Natural Family Planning Class – Can take NFP online or a three‐session class through Couple to Couple League.
- Money Management/Family Finances Workshop – Contact Marty Best for upcoming dates
- Make final appointment with the Pastor, Fr. John, to discuss ceremony details.
Fr. John Vallier
Office of Evangelization and Catechesis – Adult