The Church has a rich tradition on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife.

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.

Matrimony, or Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that consecrates for a particular mission in building up the Church. It is seen as a sign of the love between Christ and the Church, which is established between spouses in a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. The Sacrament gives couples the grace they need to attain holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children.

To view the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Marriage, click here.


In Lexington

Couples are required to attend a Marriage Preparation program prior to the wedding. Arrangements must be made through the Parish Office at least one year in advance of the wedding date.


Sacred Heart Parish

The Sacred Heart Marriage Ministry is a couple-centered program. Leaders offer the engaged couples the perspective of their experience of Christian marriage and the practical wisdom they have acquired. Meetings are scheduled at mutually convenient times with the leaders and the engaged couples. 
Contact: Tom and Lorie Lucke,and Debbie and Barry Cunha

St. Brigid Parish 

The St. Brigid Marriage Preparation Program is offered to engaged couples throughout the diocese. It is a workshop-based weekend program offered twice a year, within the framework of Archdiocesan guidelines. It allows engaged couples to benefit from the experience and Christian witness of team couples who are living the vocation of marriage.  The workshops present some of the basic elements of the marital relationship: self knowledge, communication, marital adjustments, and the spirituality of marriage and family life.
Contact: Pastoral Associate Beverly Good



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