Catholic marriage, also called matrimony, is a “covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. Marriage has been raised by Jesus Christ, Our Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized.“
In the Roman Rite, it is ordinarily celebrated in a Nuptial Mass. Those interested to enter into this covenant must contact our pastor – Father Bill Joy – at least six months prior to their desired date of their Nuptial Mass.
The nature of the covenant requires that the two participants be one man and one woman, that they be free to marry, that they willingly and knowingly enter into a valid marriage contract, and that they validly execute the performance of the contract.
“A committed, permanent, faithful relationship of husband/wife is the root of a family. It strengthens all the members, provides best for the needs of children, and causes the church of the home to be an effective sign of Christ in the world” — (U.S. Catholic Bishops, Follow the Way of Love: A Pastoral Message to Families.
On the exact definition of each of these steps hinge all the arguments and technical points involved in annulments, and annulment disputes. Catholic Canon law regulates the celebration of marriage in canons 1055–1065.
Marriages between Catholics and non-Catholics were historically viewed as “mixed marriage”, and were opposed by the Catholic Church, as they were looked upon as degrading the holy character of matrimony. However, such restrictions were gradually loosened over the past century.
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