The Sacrament of Marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.
Marriage is a Covenant
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.
The Sacrament of Marriage 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. (CCC 1661)
The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.
Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)
Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity
We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with God and one another.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed by the love of husband and wife.
Requirements for Marriage at St. Ann Parish
All couples wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Ann must be registered, active members of the parish. A couple should contact the parish office at least 1 year prior to the anticipated wedding date, before booking the venue for the reception. Couples must also meet the following criteria:
A least one individual must be a Catholic with no canonical impediments to marriage and a registered member of St. Ann Parish.
For couples wishing to be married at St. Ann Parish, dates and times for weddings will not be given without meeting with the priest first and then by putting down a non-refundable $100 deposit.
All couples preparing for marriage will be required to meet with the priest or other ministers on several occasions.
Each couple will be required to participate in the Diocesan provided Pre-Cana and God’s Plan For A Joy-Filled Marriage workshops.
There is also certain documents that need to be provided. For Catholic(s), a Baptismal Certificate issued within six months of the wedding date must be provided. Those who are Baptized Non-Catholics will need to provide evidence of their baptism in the form of a Baptismal Certificate or other such document.