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Marriage

To All Couples preparing for Marriage! Congratulations!

Because your Church celebrates this most important decision of your life and recognizing that sacramental marriage is a call to holiness and so you can begin your life with the tools that will help you live out a faithful, permanent and fruitful commitment. This serious and sacred commitment requires careful consideration and preparation. The Diocese of Tyler and St. Anthony has the following guidelines for sacramental marriage. Date of wedding should not be set until freedom to marry is acknowledged.

GUIDELINES FOR ENGAGED COUPLES
1. Make a first appointment to come and talk with the priest at least 6 months in advance.  Please bring in your baptism certificates.
2. Make an appointment to bring in two witnesses, one for each of you, who know you. It can be a family member or a friend. 
3. Arrange future meetings with priest to take and then to review the FOCCUS test. 
4. Register for Marriage Preparation Day.  Go to the dioceseoftyler.com  Our Departments Marriage and Family Life Marriage Preparation. Select a date to take the course. Follow the instructions provided by the Diocese of Tyler. 
5. Meet with priest or deacon about wedding liturgy, sacrament, and spiritual preparation. The sacrament of Reconciliation is recommended 1 month in advance.
6. Select readings for the wedding liturgy. (From priest or Together For Life by Champion)
7. Obtain Marriage License at least 1 month before the wedding date.
8. Set a time for rehearsal with the priest. 
9. Get to the Church on time! 

If you have any questions, contact the church office at 903-758-0116.

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.

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.

 

Marriage

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)