Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 4:43 PM
** RESCHEDULED DATE - 1st Communion Parent Meeting ** . The 1st Communion parent meetings will start at 6:15pm in the Parish school on Wednesday Sept. 20th. The English group will meet in the school library and the Spanish group will meet in the first room to the left as you walk through the door by the library.

Marriage

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 Roman 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.

 

The International Council of Community Churches and all other Christian denominations will recognize your marriage. From their site - "Because CITI priests are no longer ministering within the Roman Church, they lack jurisdiction from that organization to witness marriages on its behalf. Your ceremony may well utilize some of the traditions of the Catholic Church if you choose to use them; but since CITI priests do not act as a ministers for the church, the Roman Catholic Church will not recognize the marriage as licit". 

We wanted to make you aware of this organization and that marriages performed by their representatives are not recognized by our Roman Catholic Church. CITI Ministries enables married and resigned priest to perform marriages. Sean Poland is a member of this lay organization and is performing marriages in Charleston.

 

 

Those seeking to receive the sacrament of Marriage, must be registered active members of Blessed Sacrament Parish for at least three (3) months prior to being able to celebrate this sacrament.  

 

The criteria for “Active Parishioner Status” is as follows: *Weekly participation in worship through attendance at a weekend Mass, evidenced by your weekly envelope in the offertory, *and active involvement in a parish or school ministry, * and participation in Grateful Sacrificial Giving. 

 

Couples are asked to meet with the priest and begin formal preparation at least six (6) months before their tentative marriage date.
Contact the Parish Office before making any social plans.

Where do I start!?

A couple desiring to be married at Blessed Sacrament Church should begin preparation at least 6 months prior to the desired wedding date.
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Who is eligible to be married at Blessed Sacrament?

Single persons (and divorced persons whose annulment is final) maybe married at Blessed Sacrament
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What is Pre-Cana for the engaged?

The Pre-Cana program assists the Church with preparing couples for the Sacrament of Marriage. CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE 1st for Marriage Preparation. Coordinators: Butch & Trish Lowe Phone: 766-4077