And the two shall become one flesh
HOLY MATRIMONY: MARRIAGE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
We call marriage, when entered into sacramentally in the Catholic Church, “holy matrimony,” because for us it is much more than a civil contract. For us, sacramental marriage is a permanent union in which God truly binds a man and woman together as one, and through their loving physical union gives them the gift of children, the natural expression of their one-flesh union in love.
Couples wanting to get married at Risen Christ need to contact Maggie Torres in the office at least 8 months prior to their wedding date to discuss marriage preparation. An initial meeting will be scheduled to discuss the marriage prep process at Risen Christ in detail.
General Marriage Prep Steps:
1. Call Your Parish (8-12 months before the wedding)
Call as soon as you get engaged! A member of the parish staff will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your wedding preparations as soon as possible.
2. Initial Meeting (8 months before the wedding)
At this meeting, you’ll learn about the preparation process for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, the necessary paperwork for your marriage, and set your tentative wedding date.
3. FOCCUS Inventory (7-8 months before the wedding)
The FOCCUS Inventory provides you with a personalized profile of your relationship. Your parish will set up your inventory session and, upon completion, the follow-up sessions needed to review your results. These sessions aim to facilitate communication between you and your future spouse.
*Note: Some parishes use inventories other than FOCCUS
4. Marriage Prep Program (6 months before the wedding)
Various programs are available within the Archdiocese, all of which focus on the theology of Catholic marriage as well as important life skills. You’ll receive help identifying a prep program that best fits your needs. See the list on “Marriage Preparation Classes” on the Archdiocesan website on marriage.
5. Natural Family Planning (5 months before the wedding)
NFP respects the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, and enriches the bond between husband and wife. This course gives couples a natural approach to understanding the cycles of fertility and infertility. Course listings found here.
6. Final Meeting (2 months before the wedding)
This meeting will review your previous preparation, complete all of your paperwork, and plan your wedding liturgy. You’re getting close to celebrating this beautiful sacrament!
7. Sacrament of Reconciliation (1 week before the wedding)
Catholics preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation and the Eucharist are invaluable sources of grace and healing. Celebrate this sacrament with your spouse-to-be!
Archdiocese of Denver