All love comes from God, and all love reflects the love that God has for His creation. The Sacrament of Marriage is, first and foremost, a sign and symbol of this love. Marriage is a sacrament of the self-giving love which two people offer to each other. The love which a couple have for each other mirrors the love God has for men and women.
The minister of the Sacrament of Marriage is the couple themselves. The priest serves as a witness.
The joy and mutual support of married love can be a source of strength which enables married people to serve others in a very powerful way. It should spill out to their children and to those around them and become a source of life, hope and comfort for others. This is reflected in the blessing which the priest often gives the newly-married couples, saying:
"May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that the afflicted and the needy will find in you generous friends and welcome you into the joys of Heaven."
Marriage – A Sign of Faithful Love
This sacrament is the sacred covenant forged between a man and a woman which establishes a permanent partnership for their whole lives. The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a mutual surrendering of oneself totally to another and a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
“They are no longer two, therefore, but one body.” (Matt. 19:6)
Pre-Cana (Engaged Couples)
Designed to inform the engaged couple of the theology and practice of marriage, Pre-Cana sessions are held around the Diocese.
Couples must contact the Marriage Preparation Coordinators personally, at least 9 months prior