“Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with ‘the wedding feast of the Lamb’ (Rev. 19:7,9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, ‘Father, you made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.’
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.” USCCB
Those planning marriage should notify Fr. Clarence or Deacon Manuel, at least nine months prior to the anticipated wedding, if possible. Additional time may be necessary for special circumstances. No wedding date should be set until the couple has had their first interview with Fr. Clarence or Deacon Manuel and cleared the date on the Parish calendar. The couple will need to meet with the Music Director before any plans are made for music. Couples are expected to attend a Marriage Preparation class as well as Natural Family Planning classes as required by Diocesan policy.
Couples wishing to be married in Saint Rose of Lima Church are asked to make financial of $250.00 toward the upkeep of the Church.