PLANNING YOUR WEDDING
THE THEOLOGY OF MATRIMONY
St. Paul said: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church.... This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church" (Eph 5:25, 32).
“The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament” (Catechism #1660).
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” (Catechism #1661).
“Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful” (Catechism #1663).
“Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to marriage” (Catechism #1664).
“The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called "the domestic church," a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (Catechism #1666).
WEDDINGS AT SAINT JOHN VIANNEY
We congratulate and welcome those who are preparing for their nuptial celebration! This is a joyful moment in your life and we are happy to accompany you in this exciting and important time.
Generally, weddings are scheduled in our beautiful Church at Saint John Vianney on Fridays at 4:00 PM or Saturdays either at 12:30 PM or 2:30 PM. The Archdiocese requires that couples intending to marry contact the Parish at least six months before the wedding date.
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If you would like more information or to schedule a wedding and begin making preparations, please contact the parish offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-642-0938.