“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one. This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church.” (Letter of Paul to the Ephesians 5:25,32)
The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1660)
All couples contemplating matrimony are asked to give six months’ notice and to take a Marriage Preparation Course. Please contact Father John Hibbard at 613-968-6829 or by email at email@example.com to arrange a meeting and discuss your marriage. A date for the wedding cannot be set by phone or email; a personal meeting is required.
The proper place of a Marriage is the parish church of either the bride or the groom.
To be married in the Catholic Church at least one party must be a Catholic. Both parties must be free to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. Neither party must be married. An annulment to a previous marriage must be obtained before a date can be set for this wedding.
Marriage Preparation Course.
In the city of Belleville, the course is held on a weekend in the Spring at Holy Rosary Church. A Marriage Preparation Course is also available in Kingston.
Marriage as a Sacrament
Marriage is a sacrament for two baptized Christians. It is involves your families and friends and planning a honeymoon, but these must be secondary to the grace that the couple receives in the Sacrament of Matrimony. God’s grace is the gift of His own life that He grants you to sustain your married life together.
A wedding is primarily a spiritual reality. That’s why all Catholic weddings take place in the church – the house of the Lord, the meeting place of God’s family. Catholic marriages cannot be celebrated outside, at home or at a hotel or golf club or a beach.