“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.” ~Mark 10:6-8
What is Marriage?
The Pastoral letter by the Catholic Bishops of the United States on Marriage states: “Marriage is a natural institution established by God the Creator. It is a permanent, faithful, fruitful partnership between one man and one woman, established by their free mutual consent.”
An initiative sponsored by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) called “For Your Marriage” is a valuable resource for married couples. On the website you will find the Church’s teaching on marriage but you will also find information for fostering a strong marriage, and hints on parenting. There are even links where those whose marriages are facing difficulties can find help. To access the website you can click the image above.
Although much of the focus of engaged couples is on preparing for their wedding day, the Catholic Church also encourages you to spend your engagement preparing for a strong, lifelong marriage. The steps the Church asks couples to make as they prepare for their wedding open up a conversation on married life; that is, to help you explore together how you will live out your wedding day promises.
For more information about your wedding at St. Stanislaus Parish, please contact the Rectory Office at least six months in advance of your wedding date.