Genesis 2:23-24

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’

for out of man this one has been taken.”  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.”

One of the two sacraments of service, it’s a sacrament of service because married couples promise to be of service to each other in love and also to serve the Church as a whole.  In this lifelong covenant, God gives married couples the grace and blessings to build up the Catholic Church on earth.  The sacrament is where a man and a woman express their love and fidelity to each other in the presence of God and his church.

Marriage is a sacrament of the Church where careful deliberation and spiritual preparation should take place.  Most parishes require a 6 month notification of the request for marriage to allow time for appropriate arrangements and for preparation to take place.

For more information on Matrimony, please contact your parish church office, click on the below links or call the Office of Religious Education and Faith Formation office at the St Joseph Center at (318) 445-6424, ext. 207.