MARRIAGE: A SACRAMENT
Sacraments are “outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace.” The Church believes that one of the strongest images we have to exemplify how God loves, cares and deals with us is in the sacrament of marriage. We believe that in this sacrament a man and a woman become one in body, mind and spirit in a union that is permanent, exclusive and open to life.
Sacraments are very special moments in the life of every Catholic and in the life of the whole church as well. In the Catholic Church it is not the blessing of the priest or deacon that makes the sacrament become a reality, rather it is the giving and receiving of the CONSENT of the couple. The celebration of the sacraments is never a “private ceremony” but rather moments in time where the entire faith community celebrates with the couple.
The sacrament of marriage and its preparation are taken seriously at Holy Cross Parish. In asking the Church to witness your marriage, you are tacitly noting your willingness to cooperate with its theology and protocol. The priest or deacon witnessing your wedding needs to certify that you share in and believe what Church teaches about marriage.
All wedding preparation begins with contacting the Marriage Coordinator, Alba Alvarez at [email protected]. Here at Holy Cross, all couples must meet with Fr. Emery in order to get the process started, regardless of who will perform the ceremony. No wedding will be put in our parish calendar until this meeting has taken place. Available dates are not given out via phone or email until this first meeting has occurred.