Sacrament of Matrimony
Marriage is an enduring and exclusive partnership between a man and woman for the giving and receiving of love and for the procreation and education of children. Couples wishing to be married in the are required to be individuals be nineteen (19) years of age or older. Couples are asked to meet with the priest and begin formal preparation at least six (6) months before their tentative marriage date.
A valid Catholic marriage takes place between a man and a woman in front of a priest and two witnesses. If your marriage does not meet these standards, there is a process to validate your marriage withing the Catholic Church. Please contact Fr. Buck.
Pastoral care of the Divorced: Not every marriage is successful and many marriages end in divorce..aware of the stress and suffering experienced by separated, divorced and remarried people, the Church expresses its pastoral concern in different ways, especially through the ministry of the Marriage Tribunal. The process of seeking an annulment asks the Tribunal to make a judgement on whether or not the union fell short of at least one of the elements necessary for a true, valid Christian marriage. It does not deny that the real relationship may have existed, nor does it imply that the union was entered with ill will or moral fault...it does not seek to establish guilt or innocence...and has no civil effects. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Fr. Buck.