Marriage

A minimum of six months is needed to prepare a couple for the sacrament of marriage.  A period of six to eight months is preferred.  Due to the geographical/jurisdictional regulations of the church, we can only witness the marriages of our own parishioners.  However, those coming in from elsewhere can be accommodated here with proper delegations and permissions.  For more information on the marriage preparation program at our parish, contact the person listed below.

Contact:  Diane 642-2306 | diane@stjosephspearfish.com

"Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Man and woman were created for each other.  By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, "Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church."   The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy."
United State Conference of Catholic Bishops
www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/matrimony/index.cfm