The Sacrament of Matrimony, or marriage, is a unique sacrament because it is the man and the woman that mutually administers the sacrament upon each other in the presence of a priest or deacon and other witnesses.
It is a sacred covenant, a public promise made by the husband and the wife to be true to each other until death parts them. In order for a marriage to be valid, the couple must be entering into the covenant out of their own free will, without fear or coercion. They are also asked to honour and be true to each other for the rest of their lives, as well as to accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and His Church.
If you would like to get married at St. Anthony's,
call the parish office at 517-437-3305. Please notify the Parish Office at least six months in advance. Marriage preparation course is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all people called to marriage?
No. Many of us will be called to holiness by entering into the sacrament of marriage, but not all Christians are called to this vocation.
I am Catholic, but my fiancé is not. Are we still allowed to get married in the Church?
A Catholic may marry a non-Catholic Christian or a person from another religion, but he/she would need to seek Church approval before the wedding by way of a dispensation.
What is a dispensation?
A dispensation in Catholic canon law is an exemption from Church law. The authority competent to issue a dispensation is the local bishop or the Apostolic See.