Marriage

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Seeking Marriage?

We welcome your wedding celebration at St. Louise! To arrange the date and begin your preparation, please contact the Parish Office at least 6 months prior to the proposed wedding date.

Contact:  Parish Office
425-747-4450
 

Marriage and Sacrament

The Sacrament of Marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)

Marriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)

The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against the natural law of God:

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith. (CCC 1665)

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity

We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.

 

Take Your Marriage Beyond “OK”

Getting regular ‘tune-ups’ can enrich even the best relationships by Sarah Bartel

Why would a normal couple with a good marriage invest time, energy, and money in marriage enrichment? Most of us can see the need for couples in crisis to read self-help books, take seminars, get counseling, or go on special retreats. But if you think your marriage is cruising along anywhere between “okay” to “pretty good,” why bother?

Think of it this way. If you want your car to run as well as it can, you bring it in for regular tune-ups. Regular care and maintenance ensure optimum performance. And if you are a teacher, a lawyer, a psychologist, or other professional or technical worker, you’re usually required to take continuing education courses in order to keep your certification current. Even parish priests have ongoing education requirements! Life-long learning keeps us sharp, inspired, up-to-date, and informed about best practices. It challenges us to bring our “A-game” to our field.

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