Marriage

Matrimony

When We Celebrate

Saturdays, 1:00 P.M

About the Sacrament

"Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers." -Heb 13:4

"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 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." (Council of Trent)

Preparation

The Sacrament of Marriage is to be taken seriously, as it is the sacramental sign of Christ's love for the Church. Couples wishing to initiate this process should call the parish office and should allow a 6 month to 1-year preparation period for this Sacrament. Wedding dates cannot be scheduled until this process has been initiated.

When you begin the marriage preparation process, guidelines for the celebration of the sacrament may be obtained. You will be assigned a wedding coordinator and music guidelines will be provided from our liturgical sacred music office.

In addition, the couple completes a marriage preparedness assessment, receives counsel from a priest, and participates either in a Pre-Cana class sponsored by the diocese or the Sponsor Couple program sponsored by the parish.  Click here to see dates when this offered.

Please call the parish office (574) 282-2308 for questions and to arrange to complete the FOCUS inventory. To access the outline of preparation for this sacrament as presented at St. Anthony de Padua, click Instructions for Engaged Couples.

Please click here to read our FAQ on weddings.

Celebrating

"The Church holds the exchange of consent between the spouses to be the indispensable element that "makes the marriage." If consent is lacking there is no marriage. The consent consists in a human act by which the partners mutually give themselves to each other and seek the good of for each other." (CCC 1626)

Sacramental Records

Please call Diane at the parish office: (574) 654-3781.

 

Marriage

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)