CCC 1601 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.
1602 Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding-feast of the Lamb." Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its "mystery," its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal "in the Lord" in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.
The day is fast approaching when you will be starting a new life together. At St. Frances Cabrini we want to give you two gifts for your marriage. First, we want to provide you with a lasting memory of a beautiful wedding and secondly, we want to help ensure that you have a beautiful marriage that will last a lifetime. Providing you with these gifts can take as long as 9-12 months to complete. Outlined below are the steps necessary to complete our Marriage Preparation Process.
Step One: Congratulations! Email Trudy to start the registration process.
Step Two: Meet with the Priest or Deacon and take FOCCUS inventory.
Step Three: Attend Marriage Prep Program. Click here for list of programs
Step Four: Natural Family Planning Course. Click here for a list of NFP classes.
Step Five: In-Home Sessions with FOCCUS couple.
Step Six: Wedding Ceremony Details. Meet with the Music Minister, the Lead Decorator and the Rehearsal Couple.
Natural Family Planning
The Office of Marriage & Family Life promotes Natural Family Planning (NFP) as a highly effective, martially enriching, spiritually enlightening, emotionally uplifting, sexually fulfilling and moral means of planning one's family. Less that 1% of couples that practice NFP get divorced. It is also 99% effective in helping couples postpone pregnancy. There are two methods to explore which enhance a life of sacramental love. St. Frances Cabrini partners with Bella Natural Women's Care & Family wellness in providing NFP education.
We have many counselors to help marriage couples get through the difficult times in their lives. Sometimes couples just need a tune-up in their relationship. The counselors that are recommended either see clients at St. Frances Cabrini or at a nearby location. Contact Deacon Chet at 303-953-7783 for the names of counselors that may help you.
The Catholic Church teaches that a valid sacramental marriage is a permanent, lifelong commitment between a man and woman. A decree of annulment says that, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, a sacramental marriage never existed. You will find a further explanation and links to help you understand the process. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of mis-communication and myths about annulments and the process. We are here to help you through this difficult time. For more information or to start the annulment process, please contact Deacon Chet or a Priest at 303-979-7688