Marriage

 

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)

 

A period of at least nine months is required for marriage preparation.  Scheduling the wedding date takes place after the initial meeting with the pastor.  If there has been a previous marriage by either party, Catholic or not, a declaration of nullity must be sought through the Diocese of Lansing before the marriage can occur.  Please call the office to inquire.