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Marriage

What is it?

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 receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity. 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. 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 our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and 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)

When do we celebrate it?

Diocesan guidelines stipulate that couples need to allow six months or more for marriage preparation. Please call the parish office (989-584-6044) to make an appointment with our Pastoral Director. Preparation may include:

  1. Initial visit
  2. FOCCUS Inventory
  3. Several appointments to discuss FOCCUS Inventory
  4. Attendance at a Diocesan Pre-Cana Experience 
  5. Liturgy Planning (selecting Scripture Readings, Hymns, etc.)

Please make an appointment before you select a date or book a hall. 

 

 

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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)


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