Church of St Francis of Assisi

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is one of the 2 Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

"From the beginning of creation, he made them male and female. This is why a man leaves his father and mother, and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide." - Mark 10:6-9

God who created man out of love also calls him to love. The Church attaches great importance to Jesus' first miracle performed during a wedding feast because she sees it as a confirmation of the goodness of marriage and a sign of God's presence.  

Every Catholic should be married in Church. A Catholic is also permitted to marry someone from another religion but it must be in Church. Special permission and dispensation must be asked from the Church when one marries someone from another religion. When a Catholic marries another Catholic or Christian, this is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. 

The marriage consent given freely between a man and a woman is what makes a marriage. It comes as a surprise to many but the ministers of the marriage are the couple themselves. The priest or deacon only dispenses the blessings of the Church onto this married couple.

Christian marriage involves sacrificing for your spouse. A married couple should love each other like Christ loves his Church and in the process become Christ for each other. The Christian home is a domestic Church where parents are the child’s first educators in faith. Family members love, forgive, help and serve each other in this domestic Church. They also pray for each other. 

A divorced person may continue to be a good Catholic and is permitted to receive Holy Communion provided he is not remarried in the civil courts or cohabiting. We are called to journey and pray with them.

The grace of this Sacrament is to help each other get into the kingdom of heaven.  

The matter (visible sign) of marriage is: the exchange of marriage vows.

The form (words) are: "I take you to be my (husband or wife). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.” "