What is Marriage?
The sacrament of Matrimony or Marriage is the sacred covenant between a man and a woman who promise fidelity between themselves and God. It establishes an intimate community of life and love and that the good of the other is foremost attitude. Through this sacrament God gives special graces for life’s difficulties and especially to help them raise their children as loving followers of Christ.
A committed, permanent relationship of husband and wife is the root of the family. It strengthens all the members, provides best for the needs of the children and causes the home to be an effective sign of Jesus in the world.
A consummated, sacramental marriage is permanent; only death can break it (Mark 10:1-12, Romans 7:2-3, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11). This holy union is a living symbol of the unbreakable relationship between Christ and his Church (Ephesians 5:21-33).
Celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage
If you are interested in participating in the sacrament of Marriage, please call the parish office. Couples planning to marry are encouraged to make arrangements at least six months prior to the wedding date. The Peoria Diocese requires formation classes for all couples preparing for marriage.
For more on the sacrament of Marriage, please refer to the Online Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Marriage in the Catechism
1601 “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
1603 “The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws…God himself in the author of marriage”. The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator.– Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1601 and 1603