Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.
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. “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. . . . The two of them become one body” (Gn 2:18; 24). Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond.
Jesus brought to full awareness the divine plan for marriage. In John’s Gospel, Christ’s first miracle occurs at the wedding in Cana. “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” (CCC, no. 1613).
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, “Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.”
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.
ForYourMarriage.org is a website sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to help address the many needs of engaged and married couples.
Sacrament of Marriage
Arrangements should be made at the Parish Center at least eight months in advance of the ceremony.
"Joy-Filled Marriage" - Engaged Couples Retreat
Wedding Guidelines at St. Peter's Church
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. Marriage is a serious and sacred commitment. Through it, husband and wife are called on to draw closer to God and to each other in a life-giving community of love. Christ enhanced the dignity of marriage by making the Christian marriage relationship a Sacrament – a living expression of His love for us.
Marriage is also a great and marvelous adventure. It is an understanding that holds the promise of joyful years together. People enter marriage with high hopes of a beautiful future together. It is this atmosphere that brings out the best qualities of each person in marriage.
Today, more than ever, the Church has a grave responsibility to help our people enter into a marriage that gives promise of being grace-filled, happy and successful.
Our Parish, along with the Diocese of Toledo, has established a program of marriage preparation so those couples who marry in the Church may be helped to understand the Sacrament, its vocation and its responsibilities.
The following link contains the POLICIES AND GUIDELINES FOR ST. PETER’S PARISH concerning your upcoming marriage preparation and wedding. We ask you to read these pages carefully.
Hopefully you will find the answers to most of the questions you have. It is our sincere hope and prayer that your marriage preparation and marriage will be filled with the grace and spirit of God. May the Lord bless you deeply.
Sincerely in Christ,
St. Peter Parish