‘But Jesus said to them, “... from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” (MARK 10:5-9)
The Sacrament of Holy 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’ (CCC 1661).
When a couple is married in the Church, the entire parish family (not just the priest) as well as the Church universal take a special interest in the marriage. This is because of the great dignity that we as Christians believe that marriage and by extension the family has been endowed with by God, in His great plan for salvation and the building up of His Kingdom. At St. Joseph’s, we are committed to walking with you and helping you in any way we can so that your marriage is beautiful, life-giving, strong, and above all holy before God.
Of course, much of the focus is on the big day- but the Church sees Her responsibility to you as far more than that. In the months leading up to your wedding day, our team will work with you as you discern and prepare for this life-changing sacrament. From that day until your last, our parish family will be there for you to share in the joy and support you in the challenges that married life will bring.
If you looking to begin the process of getting married in our Church, or just have questions, please contact the parish office to set up a meeting with Fr. Rico or Fr. Ronald.
For more information on the meaning of marriage, enjoy this video from our friends at the Sophia Institute for Teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjwPsZaK4Do