From long ago men and women have formed unions from which children have issued. Then in due time, God revealed bit by bit to his chosen race, the Israelites, a better way for marriage. Finally he revealed through Christ his wonderful purpose for marriage. It was to be a sign of his love for himself as a Trinity and his love for his people. Consequently Christian marriage would be permanent and exclusive.
For this is how he loves himself and how he loves us.
We call it a sacrament, one of the seven, since it is a sacred sign, whereby the couples married in Christ show off God’s love for the world. Other marriages are also signs but not as powerful as this Christian sign.
In order to carry out their task, couples are given this Sacrament and the graces of God to be faithful and remain united through thick and thin. They also need these graces to bring up any children their union may produce.
This sacrament is given, not by the minister, but by the couple themselves. They give Christ to each other. Consequently the bond is unbreakable since one cannot break up Christ. A Christian may marry a non Christian but the bond, obviously cannot be as strong. (Technically if there is no minister available a couple could validly contract this sacrament by themselves.)
A couple wishing to be married in the Church should approach the parish priest as soon as they can. He will help them to prepare. In our Diocese, at least six months’ notice is required. They should not wait until they have ‘booked the hall’ etc. Some couples give 18 months notice.
It is never too early to have a chat with the priest.
Each couple is different. Many have made serial marriages or relationships. No matter, still talk to a priest. He just want the best as Christ did. (NB The very first miracle that Jesus performed was at the wedding feast at Cana. Clearly God wants and needs happily married couples to help him in his work.)
Marriage Preparation Programme
All Catholics wishing to be married in the church will need to attend this preparation programme which is led by the Parish Priest or the Asst. Parish Priest.
For full details contact Parish Priest