Marriage

Marriage

“God disposed man and woman for each other so that they might be ‘no longer two but one’ (Mt 19:6). In this way they are to live in love, be fruitful, and thus be a sign of God himself, who is nothing but overflowing love.” -YouCat 260

The Catholic Church esteems marriage as sacred – one of the seven sacraments of the continual presence of Christ among us. Saint Paul says the union of husband and wife is a sign of the union of Christ and the Church. When the couple professes their vows, they vow to love each other “as Christ loved the Church” (Ephesians 5:25) – freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully.

Marriage holds a unique position as the one sacrament in which it is not the priest who administers the Sacrament. Rather, the couple mutually administers the Sacrament while the priest witnesses on behalf of the Church, calling God’s blessing upon their marriage.

Couples interested in celebrating the sacrament of Marriage at Saint Amelia should contact the parish rectory at least six months before their wedding date.  Marriage preparation is a multi-month process which includes formation with the priest and other married couples.  Weddings are usually celebrated at 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  They may also take place on other days (except Sunday) if the couple wishes.