Have you come here to enter into Marriage without coercion?Are you prepared, as you follow the path of Marriage, to love and honor each other as long as you both shall live?Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God, and to bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?
Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that has the mission and the power to make Jesus present to each other, specifically for the married couple 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 parish office 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 ceremony.
Please see the Diocese of Manchester website for your Marriage Formation.