Marriage

The sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.

Marriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

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. (CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.

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. (CCC 1662)

The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against the natural law of God:

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith. (CCC 1665)

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity

We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.

 

Marriage

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)

 

Common Questions about getting married at St Anthony

We just got engaged and want to get married at St. Anthony's. Do we need to come into the office?

Your initial contact may be done by calling the Parish office at (67) 754-4333. We will take some basic information on both the bride and groom and will reserve your requested wedding date if it is available. You can stop by the parish office to pick up a wedding handbook of information to help you plan your Catholic wedding. Before you are married, we will set up an appontment for both of you to meet with Fr. Jim and complete an investigation form required by the diocese.

Do we need to be registered at St. Anthony's to have our wedding there?

The bride or groom or their parents must be registered parishioners of St. Anthony's for at least 6 months prior to the wedding.

I grew up as a member of St. Anthony's and received all my sacraments here but I now live out of town. Can I still get married at St. Anthony's?

If you live out of town, you can still get married at St. Anthony's as long as you receive a letter of permission from your current parish.

My fiance is not Catholic but we want to be married in the Catholic Church. Is this possible?

You can be married in the Catholic Church. When you meet with Father Jim you will fill out paperwork that will be sent to the diocese for approval.

My fiance is divorced but we would like to be married in the Catholic Church. What do we need to do?

Please call the Parish office to make arrangements for an annulment from the Catholic Church before you set your wedding date. This needs to be done even if the previous wedding was not in a Catholic church. We need the annulment paperwork before setting up your wedding.

Do we have to attend a class before getting married?

All couples are required to attend a Pre-Cana class before they get married. St. Anthony's offers the class each year on a Saturday in February. Other area Catholic Churches also hold classes throughout the year. A list of dates and places will be given to the couple.

What paperwork will we need to get married?

We need a recent Sacramental certificate from the parish where each of you were baptized. If you were baptized at St. Anthony's we have your records. If not, you will need to call the parish you were baptized at and they have a form they will fill out and sign for us. We need a current copy--not your original Baptismal certificate. If the bride and/or groom are under 21 we need a parental approval form.

What if my fiance is a widow/widower?

We will need a copy of the death certificate of their former spouse.