What is Marriage?
The sacrament of matrimony establishes a holy covenant among three: one man, one woman, and God himself.
Through God the Father, marriage irrevocably joins the man and woman as one flesh, thereby making them stewards of God's unitive and creative power.
Through the Son of the Father, marriage receives the dignity of a sacrament, becoming a reflection of the ever-faithful bridegroom, who loves, forgives, and lays down his life for his bride, the Church.
Through the Holy Spirit, marriage unites man and woman in an indissoluble communion of life and love.
Like the other sacraments, marriage is not just for the good of individuals, or the couple, but for the community as a whole. The permanent and exclusive union between husband and wife mirrors the mutual commitment between God and his people. The Letter to the Ephesians says that this union is a symbol of the relationship between Christ and the Church.
If you are seeking to be married in a Catholic church, you should meet with a priest or deacon to both schedule a date and to find out about marriage preparation requirements and programs. You will find information and resources here to help guide you.
National Marriage Week - February 7 - 14 each year
Within this week, World Marriage Day is always observed on the second Sunday in February. In 2023, World Marriage Sunday is Sunday, February 12.
- FAQs: Common questions about Catholic marriage.
- Stages: All healthy marriages experience changes and transitions.
- Prep: Marriage preparation is offered around the diocese.
- NFP: Natural Family Planning is a safe and effective approach for couples.
- Tips & Advice: for a happy & healthy marriage.
- Planning a Catholic wedding: requires careful consideration.
- Help for Stuggling Marriages: Retrouvaille New England
- The Sacraments: Marriage: By Father Mark Nolette for Harvest magazine