Matrimony is a Sacrament of Service. In Matrimony, service is pledged to one's spouse, children, and community.
Through Matrimony, the grace and strength to live a holy life are imparted. It was while attending the wedding
of Cana when Christ performed his first miracle; so too does Christ stand present and watch over all those
who are unified together in the marital bond. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
'The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage. The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature
of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many
variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes.
These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this
institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial
union exists in all cultures. The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society
is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life.'
As God himself is the author of Matrimony, a priest can act as guide and witness, but the Sacrament itself is
administered by the bride and groom, and conferred directly by God Himself. Since Matrimony is above
the authority of the Church, the Church therefore lacks the authority to dissolve Matrimony.
Christ himself stated this in Matthew 19:6:
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore
God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
These words are the basis of the Church's position on the impossibility of divorce.
If you desire the Sacrament of Matrimony, or to discuss the Church's
position on divorce, please contact the parish here.