Holy Matrimony

 

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 are soo happy for you and your families, are praying for you, and are here to help you prepare for the wonderful Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  It is our hope and prayer that, with God's help, you will build a happy, holy, and healthy marriage firmly rooted in Christ that reflects God's unconditional love in the world.

 

Engaged couples should contact the Rectory at 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.

 

Couples should meet with a member of the clergy at least one year in advance but no later than 6 months prior to the proposed wedding date.

 

The Church's Marriage Preparation process is intended for the benefit couples as the Church wants you to have a happy, holy, and healthy marriage.  It is designed to help couples grow closer to Christ and to each other, and to learn more about the nature and purpose of marriage and the mission of the family. Couples will meet with clergy periodically and complete and online marriage preparation program which pairs you with a mentor couple. More information will be given to you during your first meeting with a priest or deacon.

 

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.