"Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh." (Genesis 2:23-25)
Holy Matrimony (or the Sacrament of Marriage) is the intimate union and equal partnership of a man and a woman. It comes to us from the hand of God, who created male and female in his image, so that they might become one body and might be fertile and multiply (See Genesis chpt 1-2). Though man and woman are equal as God’s children, they are created with important differences that allow them to give themselves and to receive the other as a gift.
Holy Matrimony is a grace-filled encounter with God, and a way to holiness. As such, preparing for marriage is about more than planning the wedding, so at St. Joseph Church, we take seriously our role in preparing couples for holy matrimony.
All of these ingredients are built into our marriage preparation program at St. Joseph. Couples meet with a priest or deacon to begin the process and set the date, and then periodically afterward. A PMI (Pre-Marriage Inventory) is done to help the couple identify areas of strength and areas of potential conflict, so that issues can be addressed early. Couples attend a local Pre-Marriage seminar that features talks and discussion on aspects of sacramental marriage. And couples meet with an assigned married “sponsor couple” three times for some further discussion about the practical aspects of living Christian marriage.
Our prayer is that this preparation helps our couples to be a light and an example to the world, and not a future divorce statistic. It’s an intensive approach, but one that we believe makes a difference.
For further information download our wedding information brochure. To inquire about having your wedding at St. Joseph, please call 248.693.0440.