The Sacrament of Matrimony
The high regard with which the early church held marriage is clear from the Letter to the Ephesians where spouses are told to love each other “as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over to her to sanctify her” (Eph. 5:25-26).
Christian marriage is a sacrament – a sign of God’s action in human lives. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.” (Eph. 5:31)
The matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered to 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.
Your Wedding at St. Matthew
For those wishing to be married at St. Matthew Catholic Church, please make arrangements a minimum of 6 (six) months prior to your desired wedding date. Please contact Tania De Santis 503-648-1998 ext. 280, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please download the brochure to see the requirements.