Matrimony is the marriage contract between Christians raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament. The theological and dogmatic treatment of this sacrament does not look very much to its main features of unity and indissolubility which are basic characteristics of all marriage in natural ethics; they are rather premises, though of course they attain greater significance and depth and stability in marriage as a sacrament.

The fact, then, that these features take up a considerable amount of space in Church documents must not be allowed to hide the theological content of this sacrament which comes to us from revelation and belongs to the supernatural order. As a sacrament, matrimony is entirely oriented on man's supernatural goal. Matrimony and order are the two sacraments which not only serve the individual in reaching this goal but are there for the benefit of the community. Matrimony is there for the mutual help of the spouses and the increase of the people of God. Devotion to his twofold end is the way of salvation for married couples, a way sanctified by the sacrament.

'Yet she shall be saved through childbearing; if she continue in faith, and love, and sanctification, with sobriety' (1 Tim:2:15).

In order for weddings to take place here at St. Joseph, either the bride or groom must be registered in the parish for a minimum of six months before preparations for marriage will begin. In addition, the bride or groom registered in the parish is expected to be actively participating in the life of the Church by living the Stewardship Way of Life. Please contact Father for additional information.

Getting Married at St. Joseph Church

Couples who are contemplating marriage here at St. Joseph Church must contact the Parish Center at least one year before the anticipated wedding, and meet with our Pastor. Couples are required to participate in Engaged Encounter weekend, complete a PMI test, schedule one meeting with our counselor, and meet with a Priest. No wedding date can be finalized until the appropriate marriage preparation has taken place.

A requirement to be wed at our Church is membership. The bride or groom must be registered, participating and involved in the life of the Parish.

Contact the Parish Office at 620-456-2276 for more information.