The Catholic Church distinguishes between a legal marriage and the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Marriage is regulated by the civil government that has certain rules that must be followed to make a marriage legal. On top of that, the Church views marriages not just as a legal contract, but as a sacred covenant. A covenant is a relationship that is permanent and is only dissolved at death.
Marriage is the sacrament that most closely imitates the love of Christ the bridegroom for His bride, the Catholic Church. For a man and a woman to come to this understanding and to learn to live this in their daily lives as a married couple is our goal for your marriage preparation process. And this process does take time.
If you are engaged and planning to be married we offer our congratulations and we look forward to working with you. Your first step is to contact the Parish Office at 305-222-1500 to begin the process. This process takes time, so start planning early and a year is not too early to begin. We know you have a ton of questions, in fact, too many for us to answer here. Call us today, and we can answer any questions you may have. You can also submit your questions on our Contact Us page.