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.
Celebrating Marriage at st. John Vianney
Congratulations on your engagement! The union between a woman and a man in Holy Matrimony is a powerful and effective symbol of God’s love for us. Your wedding is a celebration of commitment to work and grow together and proclaim that what is being solemnized at your wedding will be lived out over a lifetime.
The marriage preparation program at St. John Vianney offers couples an opportunity to reflect and discuss some of the integral facets of marriage. Led by trained professionals you will consider how views on sexuality, finances, faith and communication impact the commitment to permanence, fidelity and the procreation and upbringing of children.
We look forward to working with you during this time of preparation for your marriage. A marriage offers a lifetime of joy, happiness and also surprises and challenges. We are here to assist you throughout your journey!
Special Covid-19 Information
Ordinarily we publish a marriage preparation schedule with the class session dates for 18 months ahead. As we are not currently allowed to have “in person” sessions, we are not publishing the schedule. We are offering the sessions more frequently than usual and on an as needed basis. We are utilizing ZOOM to conduct the classes or in some cases other digital resources. Please check with the Pastoral Care Office to find out more.
Weddings at St. John Vianney
Couples are welcome to receive Marriage Preparation and to celebrate their wedding at St. John Vianney. Engaged couples should contact the parish office at least nine months prior to the proposed wedding date.
For more information on how to get started and details about the process:
“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