Marriage is written into who we are as men and women. Even outside of Catholicism and Christianity, marriage is promoted and emphasized. Jesus Christ raises marriage to the level of Sacrament in His answer to Pharisees in the Gospel of Mark (10:2-8):
“The Pharisees approached and asked, ‘Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?’ They were testing him. He said to them in reply, ‘What did Moses command you?’ They replied, ‘Moses permitted him to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.’ But Jesus told them, ‘Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, “God made them male and female. 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.'”
Marriage is ordered to two ends: the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. Marriage is good for the spouses, children, and society.
For more information about the Sacrament of Matrimony, please click here. (Click “Next” to navigate through the pages and read the full section in the Catechism on Matrimony.)
If you are engaged and interested in getting married at our parishes, please call the parish office 419-738-2115. Typically marriages are scheduled at least six months before the date. Our marriage prep process involves meeting with a priest or deacon, talking with a mentor couple, and gathering with other engaged couples. It may seem like a long process, but it is ultimately because we care about your marriage and want you to have a beautiful relationship.
If you were civilly married and would like to get married sacramentally in the Church, please give us a call.