The Sacrament of Marriage
“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 #1601
As we see from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, matrimony is so important that it has been raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament. The Church teaches that the sacrament of matrimony establishes a bond between a man and a woman that can only be broken by the death of one of the spouses. When a couple professes their love for each other before a priest or deacon and two witnesses, they are establishing a lifelong commitment that will grow through their own love and by the grace of the sacrament. If it is God’s will, the natural outpouring of this love will be the wondrous gift of children. The sacrament of Matrimony brings family and family is the cornerstone upon which we build society and the future.
Entering into marriage is not a decision that can be taken lightly; it has many obligations and responsibilities. The Church is not guided by social or political views but by its teachings so guidelines are put in place to assist couples when they seek to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Catholic Church.
At Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, there are basic guidelines to initiate a request for a wedding:
- The bride or bridegroom needs to be a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish
- Weddings are arranged at least six months in advance
- Both the bride and bridegroom must be free to marry in the Catholic Church
- The bride and bridegroom will fill out the preliminary questionnaire so that the initial appointment may be made with one of the parish deacons. (The questionnaire may be filled out and submitted on line or by coming directly to the parish office.)
If couples have questions regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, they should call the parish office at 559-734-9522 or email them through the website.