Holy Matrimony is a sacrament that expresses the unbreakable bond between Christ and his people.
Marriage was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana, to be one of the seven sacraments. Sacramental marriage is more than a union of a man and a woman; it is, in fact, a type and symbol of the divine union between Christ, the Bridegroom, and His Church, the Bride.
As married Christians, open to the creation of new life and committed to our mutual salvation, we participate not only in God’s creative act but in the redemptive act of Christ.
The effect of the sacrament is an increase in sanctifying grace for the spouses, a participation in the divine life of God Himself. This sanctifying grace helps each spouse to help the other advance in holiness, and it helps them together to cooperate in God’s plan of redemption by raising up children in the Faith.
Parishioners Andy and Heather, featured in the image here, share their thoughts about getting married at Sacred Heart recently. Click to read their reflections on Getting Married at Sacred Heart:
If you are a parishioner and are interested in getting married at Sacred Heart Church you will need to give at least six months notice and join a marriage course. There are two marriage courses per year. Please contact Fr Reg for more information.
If as an individual or as a couple you are experiencing difficulties within your marriage and would like to talk or receive support please contact Fr Reg or alternatively you might like to visit Marriage Care, professionally trained marriage counsellors who offer help to those with difficulties.