Marriage

 

Your wedding is one of the happiest and most beautiful memories of your life.

 

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Planning Your Wedding:

A wedding day is a very solemn occasion. When you recite your vows before God and the community of faith, you are entering into a covenant of love not only with each other but also with Jesus Christ and your Church community. You are proclaiming publicly that He will be the Lord of your life together and His love will be the model of your own love for one another. The Sacrament of Marriage is, as St. Paul teaches, a mystery symbolizing Christ's own love for His Church.  Because of the great value that we give to the Sacrament of Marriage and the centrality that the Eucharist has in our belief system, it is strongly recommended that marriage be celebrated in the context of a Mass. This can be done even if one of the two parties is not Catholic. The Catholic Church asks you to seriously prepare for your wedding and marriage.

 

"The intimate communion of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the creator.... The matrimonial covenant...has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1601, 1603)

 

Blessing of an Existing Marriage

All baptized Catholics are asked to have their wedding vows witnessed before a priest or deacon unless dispensation has been granted by the diocesan bishop.  When people are married outside of the Church, they are invited to have their marriage blessed (sometimes called "validation").  This process includes meeting with a priest or deacon, completing a questionnaire and scheduling the ceremony to ask God's blessing upon their marriage. 

Contact: Father Don DeGrood

952.890.9465

pastor@stjohns-savage.org