The sacrament of Holy Matrimony is the only sacrament that is administered by the couple rather than the priest. Holy Matrimony is a covenant between a man and a woman whereby they give their free consent to enter a covenantal partnership that is permanent. The marriage, “by its nature is ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.”(CCC1601)
Who can marry in the Church?
Any baptized Catholic who is not bound by canonical impediment (i.e. previous marriage) may seek the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. A six month preparation period is required for couples getting married in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Please contact the office for further details. Only one of the consenting members needs to be Catholic. If the other member is not baptized ecclesial permission must be granted before getting married in the Church. Note: Either the Bride or the Groom must have an affiliation with St. George Church in order to schedule a wedding date.
What about a person who received a civil divorce?
The Catholic Church does not recognize divorce or the termination of a sacramental marriage, however a previous sacramental marriage may be declared null if certain criteria exist. Each case must be investigated thoroughly to determine if an annulment may be granted. Please contact the office to schedule an appointment with a priest.