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St. Francis de Sales

Marriage (Holy Matrimony)

Understanding the Sacrament

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” — Genesis 2:24


Matrimony is one of the two sacraments of service. Married couples promise to serve each other with love and to serve the whole Church. They enter into a lifelong covenant of love. This is their vocation. They serve the Church by their love and they share in God’s creation in a special way when they give birth to children. In Matrimony, God gives a man and woman the special grace and blessings to build a Christian family together. The Church celebrates the call to love in a special way in the sacrament of Matrimony or marriage.


The Sacrament of Matrimony, whereby a man and woman are joined together in a life-long union of procreative love, is a calling from God. The creator established this purpose from the very beginning by the very manner in which He made men and women. Jesus taught that the nature of marriage itself reflects the indivisible unity of the love of God. In this way Jesus raised the natural bond of marriage to a supernatural sacrament of life and love.


Marriage Preparation

The movement toward this life choice, the union of marriage, is, therefore, a moment requiring careful deliberation and spiritual preparation. Couples who wish to be married at St. Francis must contact the Parish Office or one of the priests at least 6 months before the intended wedding date. There are a series of pre-marriage meetings with the Priests and Pre-Cana must also be completed. The date of a wedding cannot be confirmed in the calendar until the couple has met with one of the clergy for their initial meeting.


Please refer to our St. Francis de Sales Wedding Guidelines for more information.



If you have any questions, please reach out to us!



Nancy Buchanan

Wedding Administrator


St. Francis de Sales Parish

40 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

St. Francis de Sales
Newark, OH

Phone:   740-345-9874


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