The Sacrament of Holy MatrimonyTherefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
A Note From Your Pastor
On behalf of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church parish, we extend our congratulations to you on your upcoming wedding and marriage. It is our hope that your marriage will bring you blessings throughout your lives. The staff at Blessed Sacrament is happy to assist you in these preparations at this important time in your life together.
Wedding arrangements are certainly necessary and important but we hope that you will not lose sight that Marriage is a Sacrament – a sacred sign of your love for each other in Christ. Christ abundantly blesses your love. He enriches and strengthens you to undertake the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity.
Please accept our prayers and sincere best wishes for a happy wedding and a joyous married life.
Fr Silvio Kaberia
God Himself is the Author of Marriage
When the Book of Genesis says that God created both male and female “in His own image,” this reveals to us that the relationship and complementarity of men and women reflects the very nature of who God is and what His plan for creation always has been. This plan can be summed up in St. John’s beautifully simple, yet profound words: “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Indeed, God created humanity out of love that we might love Him in return for eternity in Heaven. This is our deepest vocation and calling as human beings. Man and woman were created for one another: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” (CCC #1605)
The union of man and woman, therefore, is a sign of the intimate, exclusive, permanent, and life-giving love that God shares abundantly with us. Saint Paul says that the union of man and woman reveals the mystery of Christ’s great love He has for the Church, a love that ultimately sent Him to the Cross. (Ephesians 5) We fulfill the image God in us when we love like Him, giving ourselves away to our beloved. The Sacrament of Matrimony is a powerful and mysterious sign pointing toward that self-sacrificial and fruitful love God offers us in His Son Jesus. Living out one’s marriage faithfully and selflessly, then, is a participation in the love of Christ.
The Graces Received in the Sacrament
The words “I take you to be my wife” and “I take you to be my husband” carry profound power and make real, visible, and public the love the couple shares together. When a couple comes together freely and makes promises they make before God and the Church, their bond is indissoluble. It is permanent ’til death do us part. But with this public committment comes the graces needed for living these promises out. God will not leave the newly married man and woman to their own weakness. As the Catechism points out, without the help of God’s grace, “man and woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them in the beginning.” (CCC #1608) Indeed, this grace proper to the sacrament of Matrimony is “intended to perfect the couple’s love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children.” (CCC #1641)
Celebrate Your Wedding at Blessed Sacrament
Contact our parish office to begin the marriage preparation process at Blessed Sacrament!