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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 and love.Image result for catholic marriage

Marriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and His People. God forged covenants with Abraham and later with Moses at Mount Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

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)

Marriage as Self-Gift

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. The relationship between Christ and the Church is the model for self-giving and self-sacrificial love in marriage.

The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The couple vows before God and the faith community that they will be united together in the bonds of marriage until the death of one of the spouses. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against God's original intention for marriage.

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity

We believe that God exists in eternal communion as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is 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.


Engaged couples desiring to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage can contact St. Matthew's Parish Office 

(570-421-2342) to arrange for marriage preparation.


Couples desiring to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Matthew's are to meet with a priest or deacon at least six months prior to their intended wedding date. This ought to be done before booking a wedding reception venue.


Part of marriage preparation includes attending the day-long Pre-Cana retreat. For more information regarding times and dates for Pre- Cana, click here.


We also welcome those couples who are civilly married and desire to receive the Sacrament of Marriage. Contact the Parish Office to arrange for a sacramental convalidation of your marriage. 


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