The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. (CCC 1131)
Forms & Documents:
To start the process of getting married at the Cathedral you must be an active and participating parishioner, and registered for at least six months. Call the office to sign up for marriage prep courses.
Q. What is the sacrament of Matrimony?
A. The Sacrament of Matrimony is the Sacrament which unites a Christian man and woman in lawful marriage. 1
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. 2
The Cathedral of St. Helena offers two seven-week marriage preparation sessions - Fall and Winter. Once an engaged couple decides to celebrate their marriage in the Roman Catholic Church, their first step is to contact the Parish office. A minimum of six months is required between the initial contact with the parish and the wedding date. During the six months, you will be required to participate in a marriage preparation process. Our next session will begin January 24th, 2022.
The seven weekly sessions cover the topics of:
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
The Wedding Ceremony
The couples will have a chance to journal, dialogue, and really process the idea of a sacramental marriage in a relaxed format. A dedicated team of married couples lead the various sessions and share their own experiences of marriage.
Sacramental Prep for Couples in Civil Unions
To sign up call the Cathedral office and contact Fr. Scheidecker, or Kathy Surbrugg.
1 Baltimore Catechism, 1005
2 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601