Matrimony - Marriage Preparation

Up to the time of Christ, marriage, although a sacred union, was still only a civil contract between a man and a woman.  Jesus, however, took this contract, this exchange of marital consent between man and woman, and made the contract a conveyor of grace. He made marriage a sacrament, the sacrament of Matrimony among Christians.

Matrimony is defined as “the sacrament by which a baptized man and a baptized woman bind themselves for life in a lawful marriage and receive the grace to discharge their duties.”  It is not hard to understand why Jesus made marriage a sacrament—the sacrament of Matrimony.

If you are planning to be married at St. Edward Church, you must contact Father Peter at least one (1) year in advance by calling the Church Office at 860-684-2705.  Couples will be asked to attend “Engaged Encounter“ weekends or “Couple-to-Couple” marriage preparation programs to prepare for this Sacrament. 

You will find this link helpful as you plan your married future together.

Marriage Preparation Information