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Marriage

Arrangements at the parish office must be made at least four months in advance, six months is the ideal! Before planning any dates at our parish- you must first meet with Fr. Dan.  All Catholics must be fully initiated (sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). Couples are to take part in a Preparation Program according to Diocesan Regulation (see links).

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)

The sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they pledge to be for each other the living presence of Christ's love, they center their hearts within the Heart of Christ, and with Christ will learn to grow in His love.

MarriageMarriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken, since it is an exchange of your very person. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in God's relationship between Christ and His Bride, the Church.

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity

We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being and with our Triune God.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.

Sexual Difference is Essential to Marriage

"Marriage is about love, but it’s about a unique love that only a man and a woman as husband and wife can give to each other. View the sexual difference video on the Marriage is Unique for a Reason website to learn why sexual difference and complementarity between man and woman as husband and wife is essential to marriage. Only through sexual difference can a husband and a wife give themselves completely to one another – so completely that “the two become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). True marital union is not possible without sexual difference." - Marriage Unique for a Reason website April 25, 2016.

Do you have any questions about marriage? Check out the answers to Frequently Asked Questions to learn more!

 

More information:       Why marriage matters, Marriage is Unique for a Reason

 

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Good marriage prep begins with a premarital inventory. Choose The Catholic Couple Check Up or FOCCUS. Either fulfills the premarital inventory requirement for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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