Matrimony is the Sacrament which unites a Christian man and woman in lawful marriage.
Marriage was first instituted in the Garden of Eden, when God made Adam and Eve and made them husband and wife: “And God created man to his own image; to the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28)
(Source: St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism)
SCHEDULING A WEDDING
Whether you are getting married for the first time in the Catholic Church or not, consult with a priest or deacon at least six months in advance of the proposed wedding date and prior to the social arrangements. Attendance at Pre-Cana Conference and Natural Family Planning Classes is required.
Couples who are either not yet married, married civilly, or married outside the Catholic Church are encouraged to prayerfully consider getting married in the Church. Marriage brings countless benefits, namely, powerful graces from God for a happy and fruitful family life. St. Charles priests and deacons are available to discuss the possibility of your Catholic marriage.