“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)
“The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws…. God himself is the author of marriage.” The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. (CCC, 1603)
On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign – at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast.105 The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence. (CCC, 1613)
Preparing for Your Marriage
From the day of your baptism, your faith formation at home, in religious education and your participation in the sacramental life of the Church already form the remote preparation for your marriage. It is on these that the immediate preparation now builds on so as to nurture your conviction that God calls you to this special vocation in church, the married life. In Christ, may you find the model and example for the love that brings unity and life, that is, total, self-giving, lasting and fruitful. It is our hope that, after your wedding, your marriage will be nurtured and will continue to grow with your active involvement and the support of your parish, particularly from other married couples who share in your beliefs and values concerning marriage as the original and eternal plan of God between one man and one woman.
Getting Married in the Church
We, at Saint Patrick Church, are honored that you have chosen to celebrate your wedding in our faith community. May your encounter with all those who assist you in your preparation be faith-filled, warm and welcoming. We take this opportunity to invite you to become formal members of our parish, that is, if you are currently living in the area and are not yet affiliated with a Catholic parish.
If you are Roman Catholics and are current members of another parish, you must have the permission of your pastor and our pastor to celebrate your wedding at Saint Patrick Church. To get married in the Catholic Church, at least, one of the couple must be Roman Catholic.
You may access Saint Patrick’s Church Wedding Guidelines through this link: SPC Wedding Guidelines.
If you are interested about getting married at Saint Patrick’s Church, please take the time to go over the wedding guidelines. Please call Kim Reese at (585) 924-7111 to schedule a meeting with Father Edison or Deacon John Payne.