The matrimonial covenant,
by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life,
is by its nature ordered toward 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.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601
For those seeking the sacrament of Matrimony at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater:
Please read our marriage policy for further clarification concerning the requirements to book a wedding in our parish church.
Marriage Preparation at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater
There are four marriage preparatory requirements to be fulfilled at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, and they are the following:
1. All couples must enroll and fulfill an approved course in Natural Family Planning.
2. All Couples must complete a FOCCUS couple’s compatibility assessment.
3. All Couples must meet with an approved married couple from the Proto-Cathedral a number of times for marriage counsel.
4. All Couples must watch the film, “Marriage” (Ignatius Press) and discuss its content with the approved couple from whom they are receiving counsel.