Marriage Preparation Ministry

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church . . . and let the wife respect her husband." Ephesians 5:21, 33


The Sacrament of Marriage is unique: "It is not the priest who is the minister of the Sacrament; he is only the chief witness. The bride and groom are the ministers of this Sacrament. They administer it to each other when they exchange their marriage consent. The first gift they give one another, therefore, is God's life--grace." (Rev. William J. Cogan, A Catechism for Adults.)

By Diocesan policy, couples planning marriage must first contact the Parish Office at least six months before the wedding date and must participate in a program of marriage preparation. The couple meets with the priest, who determines whether they meet the Church's and the Diocese's prerequisites for marriage. Father then refers the couple to the Parish's Marriage Preparation Coordinator Couple, Nancy and Dave Summy, who arrange for the engaged couple to complete a series of marriage preparation classes with one of the Lead Couples. These are parishioners who, through prepared materials and sharing their own experiences, stress the importance of marriage as a covenant of love and fidelity for life according to the teaching of Christ and the Church. Also involved in this ministry is the Parish Wedding Coordinator, Mary Miller, who assists with the rehearsal and on the wedding day. Throughout the preparation process, the dignity, grace and spirituality of the sacred sacrament of marriage are emphasized.

Christian spouses have a special sacrament by which they are fortified and receive a kind of consecration in the duties and dignity of their state. By virtue of the this sacrament . . . they increasingly advance toward their own perfection as well as their mutual sanctification, and hence contribute jointly to the glory of God. (Vatican Council II, The Church Today, par. 48).

Pictured are St. Isidore (our parish patron) and his wife St. Maria. Isidore and Maria were an ordinary couple who spent their entire lives in one place. They lived to an old age, sharing the joys and the sorrows common to most married couples throughout the world. Their Feastday is May 15.

This icon was painted for farmers in central California by Robert Lentz.


Informational Resources
Diocese of Sacramento: Marriage Preparation Guidelines Natural Family Planning: English or Espanol
California Catholic Conference: Marriage Preparation (Canon 1067) California Catholic Conference: Church Teachings on Marriage
California Catholic Conference: Marriage as Public Policy Center for Applied Research in the Apostalate:
Marriage in the Catholic Church

Call the Parish Office at (530) 673-1573 at least six months in advance of the proposed wedding.
Favor de llamar a la Oficina Parroquial (530) 673-1573 con seis meses de anticipacion