Marriage

“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

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.

“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 (…) Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. “The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1356

  • Marriage Preparation: The marriage preparation program at St. John Vianney offers couples an opportunity to reflect and discuss some of the integral facets of married life.
  • Weddings at St. John Vianney: Engaged couples are welcome to be prepared and to celebrate their wedding at St. John Vianney. Please contact us at least nine months prior to the proposed wedding date.
  • Marriage Convalidation: Married couples who did not have a have a Catholic Wedding Ceremony and wish to have their marriage blessed, are invited to have their marriage convalidated in the Catholic Church.