A Catholic Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio

Marriage

Marriage


 
"When a husband and wife are united in marriage, they no longer seem like something earthly, but rather like the image of God Himself."
- St. John Chrysostom

 


 

About the Sacrament

The Council of Trent explains it this way:  "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 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."

 


 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Friends,

Congratulations! We welcome your inquiry about getting married at St. Mary's Parish. It is a privilege for us to assist you as you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage in our parish.

The Catholic Church views marriage as very sacred—one of the seven Sacraments of the real presence of Christ among us. Sacred Scriptures compares marriage to the covenant of God with us.

Saint Paul says the union of husband and wife is a sign of the union of Christ and the Church. In witnessing your marriage, our Church community wants to uphold and support you faithfully for the rest of your lives as you grow together in God who is Love.

We undertake this ministry with you now as you begin preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage and we look forward to serving you as we share our faith together.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Edward Gretchko, Pastor