“A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh.” Mk 10:7-8
“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.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601
Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. St Mary Parish and the Archdiocese of Denver offer marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. Couples planning to marry at St Mary’s should contact the Parish Office, 970-925-7339, at least seven months before their anticipated wedding date to begin the marriage preparation process. Marriage Preparation classes typically begin in January, meeting each month through June.