The plan of God for Christian marriage begins with a vision of the wholeness of the human person.
As Genesis states: "In the divine image God created them, male and female." (Gen. 1:27) With all the dignity and sacredness of life and sexuality, man and woman witness to the wonder and graciousness of God. Entering into marriage is a response to God's call or vocation for the man and woman to become "one flesh" (Gen. 2:24) in a mutual self-giving. The couple then becomes the symbol of the covenant that binds God and humankind together in a permanent and faithful covenant. Pope Benedict XVI in his Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est states that ´love between man and woman, where body and soul are inseparably joined; human beings glimpse an apparently irresistible promise of happiness.´
The first step before setting the date is to contact the parish priest at least six months prior to making wedding arrangements. Each couple will be required to participate in marriage preparation programs such as Engaged Encounter, Pre-Cana Sessions, For Better and Forever or other approved Catholic Programs. At least one of the individuals must be an active, participating, registered member of St. George Parish prior to the Wedding.
For more information on the marriage preparation process, please call the Parish Office 480-982-2929.