The Sacrament of Marriage is the only Sacrament in which the ordained minister is primarily a witness. It is the couple themselves who minister the Sacrament to each other.
The marriage of two Christians (not necessarily both Catholic) represents the marriage between Christ and the Church. The “bride and groom” image is strong in scripture as a description of the relationship between God and the People of God.
Because of the life-long commitment presupposed by Christian marriage, emphasis is placed on preparation. Anyone intending to marry in the Catholic tradition should approach a priest at least six months before the wedding date. Most parishes link into a diocesan preparation programme, the details available from parish or diocesan offices.
For Catholics, the lead up to marriage can be a valuable time for renewing faith, by deepening their understanding of what it means to be Catholic in the context of their partnership.
Vows: I _____ take you ______ to be my wife/husband.
I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.
I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.Please contact the Parish Office or talk with Parish Priest after Mass for further information. “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1601