Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [and be joined to his wife], and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” – Mark 10:6-9
Choosing to Marry
“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)
Marriage Preparation: Please contact a priest or deacon at least six months before you wish to marry to begin the process.
The marriage preparation program at St. Matthew offers couples an opportunity to reflect on and discuss some of the vital aspects of married life. For questions regarding seeking a Declaration of Nullity, please click here.
Weddings at St. Matthew
St. Matthew Catholic Church welcomes your interest in celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in our church. A wedding celebrated by believers is an important religious ritual not only in the life of the couple and their families but also for the parish church community as a whole. St. Matthew parish provides rites within the Order of Celebrating Matrimony as a part of our ministry. Because it is the responsibility for the proper administration of the sacraments, we have organized the following guidelines to assist you in understanding how to plan for marriage preparation, how to organize the ceremony, and how to plan for a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception at St. Matthew parish.
When a couple has made the decision to get married, often the first question might be, “When are we getting married?” Actually, the first series of questions might more properly be, “How are we getting married?” or “Who do we want to prepare us for Holy Matrimony?” Once the minister (Priest or Deacon) has agreed to provide marriage instruction, the schedule of the minister who will preside is to be taken into account as the couple decides when the ceremony may occur.
For more information on weddings at St. Matthew please review our Holy Matrimony Guide. Click here to view a copy of the St. Matthew Holy Matrimony Guide. You may also contact Deacon Dan Pyles at email@example.com to discuss the details of the wedding.