Sacrament of Matrimony

“Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?"
"Will you honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?"
"Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?"
The bride and groom respond "I will" or "yes"           
—Rite of Marriage #34

Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that has the mission and the power to make Jesus present to each other, to their children, to anyone whom they touch as a couple and as a family. This sacrament, seen as a sign of the love uniting Christ and the Church, establishes between the spouses a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. Accordingly, a marriage between baptized persons, validly entered into and consummated, cannot be dissolved. The sacrament imparts the grace needed for attaining holiness in married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of children

Engaged couples need to meet with the pastor or deacon at least six months prior to their planned wedding date. Contact the rectory as soon as you have selected a tentative date for your wedding. Couples meet for an initial discussion and to set the date. In subsequent meetings engaged couples participate in the FOCUS inventory, a communication tool designed to assist couples preparing to marry. Couples also meet with the pastor and deacon to plan the details of their wedding. Please see Dicoese of Manchester website for your Marriage Formation.