Christian Marriage is the sacrament by which a man and a woman freely enter a life-long covenant of love and life. Their partnership of the whole of life mirrors the relationship of Christ and the Church: a love that is faithful, committed, and open to new life.
Marriage by its nature is ordered to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. These ends or purposes of marriage are the foundation for its essential properties of unity (one man and one woman, faithful to one another) and indissolubility (a commitment that is life-long).
Because marriage is the basis of stable family life, in turn the basic unit of human society, adequate preparation for this life-long vocation is vitally important.
For more information on marriage preparation and other questions about marriage in the Church, please contact Candace Hostetter at Church of the Holy Spirit. Engaged couples are asked to contact Candace six or more months prior to their planned wedding date. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 320-251-3764.