The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant,which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife,a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act,appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.
Couples wishing to celebrate this sacrament at St. Catherine of Alexandria parish should participate in marriage preparation. During this preparation,a Priest or Deacon prepares the couple to be married by examining the spiritual,sacramental,and practical/relational aspects of marriage. Combined with a weekend experience offered by the Diocese,this preparation provides the couple the opportunity to become more-full-aware of what they are committing themselves to and why.
Couples interested in beginning marriage preparation should contact Denise Van Veen in the Parish Office at 978-692-6353,ext. 11 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process with a parish priest or deacon as soon as possible,preferably 12 months prior to the desired wedding date.