The union of husband and wife can be compared to the union between Christ and his Church. The two become one flesh and share in the great union of Christ's love. A Christian marriage is a sacrament in which a baptized man and woman pledge their love through a deep and personal covenant.
The Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation require a minimum of six months be set aside for personal preparation for marriage. Couples should refrain from setting a firm date until they have talked to the Pastor to discuss Marriage plans. At least one of the persons to be married must be a registered member of the parish and liturgically active before the wedding date.