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MATRIMONY

What is Holy Matrimony?

 

"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601

          Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: "It is not good that the man should be
          alone."The woman, "flesh of his flesh," his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a "helpmate";
          she thus represents God from whom comes our help. "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and
          cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh."The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of
          their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been "in the beginning": "So they are no longer two,
          but one flesh."
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1605

             On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign - at his mother's request - during a wedding feast.
          The Church attaches great importance to Jesus' presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation
          of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ's 
          presence. Catechism of the Catholic Church #1613

          The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. Already Baptism, the entry                   into the People of God, is a nuptial mystery; it is so to speak the nuptial bath which precedes the wedding feast,
          the Eucharist. Christian marriage in its turn becomes an efficacious sign, the sacrament of the covenant of Christ
          and the Church. Since it signifies and communicates grace, marriage between baptized persons is a true sacrament
          of the New Covenant. Catechism of the Catholic Church #1617


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How Do Couples Prepare for Marriage at St. Patrick Parish?


Pre-Marriage Classes

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