Marriage

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.  Please contact the Office 978-443-2498 or  mailto:psecretary@fatimasudbury.org  a year ahead to make arrangements for your wedding ceremony and Pre Cana instruction.

The Church has a rich tradition on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife.

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. 

Matrimony, or Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that consecrates for a particular mission in building up the Church. It is seen as a sign of the love between Christ and the Church, which is established between spouses in a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. The Sacrament gives couples the grace they need to attain holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Marriage:

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St. Paul said: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church . . . This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church" (Eph 5:25, 32).

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The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (cf. CIC, can. 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1).

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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 (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799).

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Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love.

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  Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful.

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Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to marriage. Polygamy is incompatible with the unity of marriage; divorce separates what God has joined together; the refusal of fertility turns married life away from its "supreme gift," the child (GS 50 §1).

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The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith.

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  The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called "the domestic church," a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.

 

 
Marriage

How do I make arrangements to be married at Our Lady of Fatima?

Please call the office 1 year ahead of your marriage date to check the availability of the Church and to speak with a priest or deacon

Can a Priest Family Friend preside at my wedding at Our Lady of Fatima?

Yes, the Priests needs to be in touch with the Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima to make sure the proper paperwork has been completed if he is outside the diocese.

I am divorced and want to remarry in the Church what do I do?

Contact the office and ask to speak with either the Pastor, Deacon or Pastoral Associate; they will discuss your situation and help identify what you need to do.

Do I need to attend Marriage Preparation or Pre Cana?

Yes, every couple needs to attend Pre Cana classes. Here at Our Lady of Fatima you meet with Deacon John Nicholson and/or a married couple from the parish. If you cannot make these times you may also attend Pre Cana at another parish. What do I need to do to be married in the Church

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