The Sacrament of Matrimony is a covenant relationship by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life. By its very nature, sacramental marriage is ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. This covenant relationship or the call by God of a man and a woman to marriage is understood to be a means of personal and communal holiness. Baptized spouses enter this Sacramental Marriage freely, and with clear understanding that they will try to live their married lives after the manner of Christ’s love for us. This love is unconditional, sacrificial and until the death of one of the spouses. Sacramental Marriage, marriage in the Church, is not just a legal relationship, but a deeply spiritual one as well. It is this spiritual relationship that is desired by the couple when they come to be married in the Church.
Sacramental marriage is possible for persons who are free to marry and not bound by any impediments which would prevent a valid marriage in the Church (e.g., a previous valid marriage, religious vows, age). Ordinarily, couples should be at least 21 years of age and have the proper maturity to freely enter a lifetime commitment to another person.
Couples can be married in either the parish Church of the Bride (customarily) or the parish Church of the groom. Another parish may be chosen with proper permissions.
Marriage Preparation at St. Joseph Parish
It is necessary for the couple to speak with the priest or deacon coordinating the couple’s marriage preparation and celebration before any liturgical plans are made. See the list below.
In addition, the couple will need to meet with the parish’s music director regarding the selection of music for the wedding. Couples should be advised of the diocesan and parish music policies as soon as they begin to make marriage preparations.
The requirements for marriage preparation may include: