In the Sacrament of Matrimony, a man and a woman are united in such a way that they become one flesh, each belonging to one another. Matrimony is a celebration of a lifelong commitment of faithful love. The purpose of the sacrament is to help the partners in this life as they work to live in faithful love. Their love for each other is a reflection of the enduring love between Christ and his Church, and it provides them with a foretaste of the divine love that awaits them in paradise.
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
- Code of Canon Law #1055
Celebrating Marriage at the Parish of St. Timothy
The Celebration of Marriage at the Parish of St. Timothy requires at least one of the future spouses to be registered members of the parish. Please contact the parish office at least 6 months (up to 1 year ahead recommended) prior to the hoped for wedding date before confirming other bookings.
Preparation for this sacrament includes:
meeting with the pastor,
participating in the parish marriage preparation course led by a mentor couple, and
participating in a fertility awareness seminar.
Sacraments 101: Matrimony (Why make it Catholic?)
Why do we have to have a Catholic wedding? Why does it take so long to get married in the Church? Why does the Church insist we have children? Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he answers these questions and more in this short video.
Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding
This video explains the Rite of Marriage and answers frequently asked questions about Catholic weddings.
"The Secret To Having a Successful Relationship" - The Pope Francis Minute
A perfect relationship is never easy, but there are certain keys to keep in mind that can help you get there. Listening to Pope Francis' advice about marriage and engagement should help you to take a step in the right direction.
Resources for Couples
For Your Marriage helps couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by providing educational and spiritual resources.
Marriage: Unique for a Reason offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman.