Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding feast of the Lamb." Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its "mystery," its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin, and the renewal "in the Lord" in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.
Life in the Sacraments - Matrimony
Marriage is a covenant partnership of life between a man and a woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized persons, this covenant has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. (CCC1601)
"The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by Him with its own proper laws.... God Himself is the author of marriage." (CCC1603)
St. Dorothy's welcomes a bride and groom to hold their wedding at our parish if the man and woman are baptized, practicing Catholics, are free to be married (e.g., no prior valid marriages), are psychologically mature and capable of consenting to the marriage. The bride and/or groom must also be registered, active members at a Catholic parish.
* Unless otherwise noted, all Sacramental descriptions are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church Glossary ©2000