Congratulations on your decision to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church. We are pleased that you wish to celebrate your wedding here at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and want you to know that we will be supportive during this time of preparation for your marriage.

A man and a woman make a very serious and sacred commitment when they decide to marry each other in the Catholic Church. Through the sacrament of Marriage, Jesus calls you to draw closer to each other, to your God, and to the local faith community.

Marriage is a permanent commitment to a way of life and it requires careful thought, prayer, and preparation.

In Christian marriage we see mirrored in the love of man and woman the love of Christ for his Church. Just as Christ was always loving and faithful in his commitment to His people, so Christian marriage celebrates before God and God’s people the vowed commitment and the faithful love of a husband and wife "until death do us part."

The Purpose of Marriage Preparation

The overall purpose of marriage preparation within the community of the Church is to assist you in evaluating your readiness to live the married life, which, between two baptized persons, is a sacrament. The primary purpose of the Church's efforts is not to teach you how to be married, but rather, to help you better understand yourselves, as well as your commitment to living your vocation in and for the community of the Church. Likewise, the Church needs to emphasize how important you as a married couple are to the life of the Church. In order to assist you in making the best possible decisions regarding your marriage and to help you prepare well for the sacrament of Marriage, the Church provides guidelines, instructions, and assistance. What follows are the pertinent guidelines and other items of information that will be helpful to you, the engaged couple, as you prepare for your marriage.

You are always welcome to contact us to discuss any questions you may have; however, these guidelines will provide important information concerning your responsibilities, and help you assist the priest/deacon who will be preparing you for marriage. Please read these guidelines carefully.

Wedding Preparation and Guidelines

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