The Sacrament of Marriage is both a covenant and a liturgical act in which the spouses are the ministers who confer the sacrament upon each other. They exchange their consent in the presence of the Church’s ministers, two witnesses, and the congregation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman, and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring.
If you are planning a wedding at St. John Neumann, please see the Parish Wedding Guidelines. For additional information, ideas, and articles on Marriage, see the excellent website of the United States Conference of Bishops: ForYourMarriage.org.