Marriage Preparation

 From the beginning of creation, God made them male & female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate. - Mark 10:6-9

We are pleased you wish to celebrate your wedding at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. A Christian wedding is a public act of worship celebrated as the liturgy of the entire believing community. You are asking the Church to witness your pledge of enduring love. You seek God’s blessing and the blessing and support of the Christian community as you embark on your life together as husband and wife as well as a prayerful celebration of the Lord’s love for us and our love for one another.

We hope that you will see the parish’s program for engaged couples as an invaluable help to you in preparing for your marriage. Please know that we support you with our prayers and want your wedding day to be a very happy day for you and your family and friends.

The following is a guideline of the marriage preparation process:
A. Those interested in being married at St. Vincent de Paul must be registered and have active
      membership in the parish at least six months before scheduling the wedding.
B. The wedding date is set only by contacting the Pastoral Associate Julia Thill at 260-489-3537 ext. 208.
      Please be aware that there are certain times of the year weddings are not held.‚Äč

Marriage Preparation includes:

  • Several meetings with the Priest or Deacon who presides.
  • Meeting with Pastoral Associate for FOCCUS.
  • Four meetings with sponsor couples that are part of the Parish Pre-Cana Program.
  • Diocesan Pre-Cana Conference for Engaged Couples.
  • Natural Family Planning classes.
  • Liturgy guideline video.
  • One meeting with the Music Director.
  • You will be working with the Wedding Liturgy Coordinator, who will assist the couple with the details of the marriage liturgy and wedding rehearsal.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office: 260-489-3537 or

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.

Marriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. 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)

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.



God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)

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