"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." -Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1601
Congratulations on your engagement! We're so happy for you and your families! We're praying for you and we're here to gladly help you prepare for the great Sacrament of Holy Matrimony! It is our hope and prayer that, with the help of God's grace, you will build a happy, holy, and healthy marriage firmly rooted in Christ that reflects God's faithful and unconditional love in the world!
Engaged couples should contact the Rectory (610-678-3767 or Rectory@stignatiusreading.org) as soon as possible in order to reserve the Church for your rehearsal and wedding and request a priest or deacon to conduct your marriage preparation and preside at your wedding.
The Church encourages engaged couples to meet with their parish priest AT LEAST ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE, BUT NO LATER THAN SIX MONTHS prior to their proposed wedding date.
The Church's Marriage Preparation process is intended solely for the benefit of the couple, because the Church wants you to have a happy, holy, and healthy marriage. The Marriage Preparation process is intended to help the couple grow closer to Christ and to each other, learning more about the nature and purpose of marriage and the mission of the family.
To learn more about the Church's Marriage Preparation process and to access important links and resources that you'll need, please visit the Diocesan Marriage Preparation page here.
During this preparation time, the engaged couple will complete their mandatory attendance at all meetings with the clergy and any required diocesan marriage preparation workshops. Currently, due to the pandemic, the Diocese of Allentown is not hosting in-person diocesan workshops. Rather, the diocese is requiring that all couples participate in an online marriage preparation program with a certified mentor couple. Once you meet with the deacon or priest, they will provide you with all of the necessary details and information. We look forward to working with you and helping you prepare for this beautiful and sacred life-long vocation! Congratulations!