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 wedding 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 particular guidelines to assist couples through this time from marriage preparation to planning the wedding to celebrating the wedding day.
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 a Priest or Deacon has agreed to provide marriage instruction and/or preside, the schedule of the officiant is to be taken into account as the couple decides when the ceremony may occur.