THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (cf. CIC, can. 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1).
The sacrament of 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 (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799).
Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their willto give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church #’s 1660-1662)
Couples planning to be married are asked to contact the Pastoral Center at 225.869.5751 as much as one year before and without exception at least six months prior to their planned wedding date to begin preparation. No tentative wedding date can be confirmed before the initial meeting with the priest. Sacramental guidelines are available from the pastoral center or on the parish website.