Marriage is a sacrament which is ordered to the service of others, for the sanctification of spouses and the generation and education of children (CCC 1660). Like all sacraments, its foundation is in Christ, imitating in the mutual self-gift of spouses the sacrifice which Christ made for the Church: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for Her to sanctify Her … This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church" (Ephesians 5: 25, 26 & 32). Because marriage is a total giving of oneself to another, it is by its nature exclusive and indissoluble. Marriage unites man and woman “so they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Matthew 19: 6; cf. Genesis 2: 24). This unity of marriage requires monogamous fidelity and a pledge of future commitment to preserve itself intact, mirroring the faithfulness which Christ has shown His Church. Moreover, marriage’s status as a sacrament raises it above the level of human institutions, subjugating it to the divine law: “Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Matthew 19: 6).


• For a marriage to be sacramentally valid, it must enjoy free consent between two baptized, unmarried persons.

In our Parish

For marriages celebrated at St. Dominic’s parish

  • the bride and/or groom (or parents) must be registered members
  • Please contact the parish office at 620-276-2024 as soon as you decide to marry;there is a four month minimum preparation period.

Marriage preparation includes

  • An Engaged Encounter Weekend. To find upcoming weekends in our area:
  • An introduction to Natural Family Planning (NFP). Introductory sessions are offered at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Registration is required. Send questions or registration to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 620-2906253.
  • Scheduled visits with the priest and/or pastoral minister.

As you make wedding plans, pay careful attention to the Guidelines for Preparing for Marriage:
Topics in this document include:

  • Elements of Marriage Preparation
  • Steps toward the Rite of Marriage
  • Dysfunctional Behavior or Background
  • Cohabitation
  • Setting the Wedding Date
  • Appropriate Dates
  • Place to Celebrate Marriage
  • Role of a Priest in a non-Catholic Church
  • Interfaith Marriage - Promise of the Catholic Party
  • The Worship Space
  • The Wedding Ceremony
  • Music

Further Reading