What a wonderful gift it is for a parish community to celebrate the love of a man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony! In witnessing this love the community is reminded of the love of Christ for his bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:22).
In ministering to the engaged couple and in celebrating their marriage, the Church not only expresses its love and support for the couple, but acknowledges the value of their married life as a help to each other to attain holiness, and as a blessing for society and the life of the Church. In forming a family, they become a domestic church. By word and example they are the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, #11).
Because of the seriousness of the vocation of Christian marriage, the Church has an obligation to do all that it can to preserve the dignity of marriage and offer its members the guidance and support that will help to prepare a couple for their married life.
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Matrimony at Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish are made through our Parish Office Manager, Margo Dean.