St. Elizabeth joyfully welcomes couples
who wish to get married in our beautiful parish Church.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is: “the matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life…” This relationship of life and love between a man and a woman “is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.” As Catholics, we also believe that this covenant between two “baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (CCC 1601)
The entire Christian community shares the couple’s joy as they prepare to enter a new life together in the holy Sacrament of Matrimony. A sacramental Marriage celebrated in the Catholic Church acknowledges the importance of God in the lives of both husband and wife. Our belief in the holiness and sacramental nature of a marriage between a baptized man and woman finds its basis in the Bible.
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.
God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other. “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. . . . The two of them become one body” (Gn 2:18; 24). Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond.
Jesus brought to full awareness the divine plan for marriage. In John’s Gospel, Christ’s first miracle occurs at the wedding in Cana. “The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (CCC, no. 1613).
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, “Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.”
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has a short, two-page handout that can help Catholics who are preparing for the sacrament of Marriage reflect on our Catholic call to mission in the world: Marriage: United in Love, Strengthened for Service (Also available en Español).
If you wish to celebrate your wedding at St. Elizabeth’s, please call the Parish Center Office to make an appointment with one of our priests at least six (6) months to one (1) year in advance of your desired wedding date.
- This will facilitate the availability of the date you wish;
- Allow you to participate in the required wedding preparation;
- Give you sufficient time to obtain all the necessary documents; and
- Give you an opportunity to meet with our “Wedding Coordinator” to plan for and rehearse your wedding ceremony.
Our parish phone number is: (626) 797-1167