“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.” (CCC 1601)
Congratulations on your engagement!
Right now, you’re probably thinking about your reception, dress, and invitations. You want your wedding to be beautiful and perfect – and we do too! The beauty you’re hoping for points to hope much deeper – a joy-filled, solid marriage. Your engagement is not only a time for planning your wedding but a time during which you build the foundation for a lifelong marriage rooted in Jesus. In a world where so much seems temporary, the Church is here to help you prepare for a lasting marriage, one that is fully open to all the grace and blessings God wants to give you through this sacrament. Don’t miss out on knowing all the things God wants you to know about building an excellent marriage!
In order to receive the Sacrament of Marriage at Sacred Heart or St. Matthew, parish membership is required. This includes active participation in the life of the parish by
- attending Mass
- volunteering for activities and fundraisers
- financially supporting the parish
If you are new to the area, you can find information on becoming a parishioner here.
Arrangements need to begin at least six months prior to the wedding so there is ample time to file paperwork, attend marriage classes, etc. Members of another Catholic parish may marry at Sacred Heart or St. Matthew provided they have their pastor's permission.
Engaged Couples should contact Fr. Justin Lopina to schedule a wedding date and to begin the marriage planning process.
Valuable information and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Catholic Marriage can be found on the Archidiocese website