Till Death Do Us Part

About Matrimony


“The consent of the parties, legitimately manifested between persons qualified by law, makes marriage..”   Canon Law 1057

Three things are required to make a marriage valid?

  • Capacity: A person must be of mature age and not have any prior impediments.
  • Consent: The man and woman must realize that marriage is permanent and ordered towards the procreation of children.    
  • Form: The ceremony must take place in the presence of a bishop, priest, or deacon with two witnesses, in a parish church.

What if there has been a prior divorce?

The Catholic Church upholds the dignity, sacredness, and permanence of marriage while at the same time realizes the growing issue of separation and divorce that exists in our society today.  If there has been a divorce, before one can re-marry they will be required to receive a declaration of Nullity.  This process involves the gathering of information and an interview under oath.  This is a confidential process and is conducted by the  marriage tribunal of the diocese.  The Catholic Church considers all marriages valid unless it can be proven it is not.

The Sacrament of Matrimony

The sacrament by which a baptized man and a baptized woman bind themselves for life in a lawful marriage and receive the grace to discharge their duties.


What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
-Mark 10:9

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