“He said, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
Jesus reaffirms the original meaning of marriage as uniting a man and a woman for their whole lives. He elevates marriage to be a sacrament. The love of the Christian husband and wife teaches us of the love of Jesus for His Church. St. Paul expresses this teaching on Christian marriage “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
Regarding Matrimony, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following:
- The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (#1661)
- Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (#1662)
If you wish to be married at St. Coleman Church, please call the rectory and speak to one of our priests regarding parish guidelines prior to making any arrangements.