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Marriage

 

The Sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.

 

If  you want to be married in or from St. Margaret Mary, here are the requirements:
 

1) At least one (the bride or the groom) must be Catholic.  The Catholic party will be asked for an original baptismal certificate no older than 6 months.

2) Both must be free to marry (if either was married previously there must be a death certificate or a Church annulment to show that the previous marriage(s) is/are no longer binding.)  Both will be asked to contact 2 witnesses to testify to their freedom to marry.

3) The initial appointment to begin the process must be made a minimum of 9 months before the date of the wedding.

4) Attendance is mandatory at all classes in order to meet the requirements of the Diocese of Phoenix

5) The above requirements must be met at least 2 months before the wedding date for a letter to be issued if the marriage is to take place elsewhere. 

Costs

1) A one hundred dollar non-refundable deposit must be given when the date and time for the marriage are reserved.

2) An additional two hundred dollars must be given at least one month before the marriage date.  In the event of cancellation this two hundred dollars will be refunded.  However, if it is not given by a month before the marriage the reservation of the date will be canceled and the initial deposit forfeited.

3) Before the rehearsal, two hundred fifty dollars in cash must be given to the wedding hostess.  This amount will be returned after the ceremony less any fees:

            a) fifty dollars will be deducted for each 15    minute unit the rehearsal and/or the ceremony starts late.  If the start of wedding is 45 minutes or more late there will be no Mass only the ceremony.

            b) fifty dollars will be deducted if flower petals are scattered or rice or any other substance is thrown at the couple even if they did not plan for it.

            c) fifty dollars will be deducted if the church is left in a condition that the priest and/or wedding hostess has to clean it.

 


Marriage is a Covenant

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)

The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against the natural law of God:

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith. (CCC 1665)

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity

We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.

 

 

The initial appointment to begin the process for marriage must be made a minimum of 9 months before the date of the wedding.

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