For Catholics marriage is more than a romantic contract between two people. Marriage is a sacrament which means that Jesus Christ is present to the married couple not only on their wedding day but every day of their married life to support them in their life together. The Sacrament of Marriage is an intimate and exclusive partnership of a baptized man and a baptized woman permanently united by their total, unconditional, reciprocal, self-giving love. This union symbolizes the love and union between Christ and His Church.
Because of the significance of the Sacrament of Marriage, a period of preparation is to be completed before the marriage can take place. The prospective bride and groom must make arrangements with one of the priests or deacons at least six months prior to the anticipated wedding. Please call the parish office to arrange an appointment.
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Office for Marriage and Family Life - Marriage Preparation Link