“A man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” Mark 10:7-8
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
Matrimony is a powerful and effective sign of Christ’s presence that joins a man and woman together for life. In the sacrament of Matrimony, a bride and groom promise to love each other as equal partners forever.
Unlike other sacraments at which a priest or deacon presides, in Matrimony the ministers are the bride and groom, and the priest or deacon is the witness to the couple’s promises. Holding hands and saying the words of the marriage vows are the visible signs of Matrimony. Jesus comes to the couple and unites them in love. The Holy Spirit strengthens and blesses their love. Their married love becomes a sign of God’s love for the world. A married couple accepts and welcomes the God covenant into their marriage covenant. Christian marriage does not exist without the presence of God. Wedding rings are signs of the new union.
Weddings at Our Lady of Grace Church must be scheduled six months in advance. Each spring Our Lady of Grace Parish offers a Pre-Cana Weekend for couples preparing to be married. Sessions take place Friday night and Saturday morning and afternoon. The Pre-Cana team includes couples from our parish who share from their own experience on pertinent topics such as communication, sexuality, finances, parenthood and faith. Attention is also given to the significance of marriage in the light of Christian revelation. Presentations, together with opportunities for reflection, discussion and prayer, provide couples with an enriching experience. The Pre-Cana Weekend is one of the alternatives approved by the diocese for marriage preparation.
For further information or to schedule a wedding and register for a Pre-Cana weekend, contact the Parish Office at 412-279-7070, firstname.lastname@example.org.