Marriage

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Because marriage is both a vocation (a calling from God) and a sacrament, special gifts and graces are given to the couple entering

 

Matrimony. Participants enter into the sacrament of Matrimony with the intention that their union wil
 
l be permanent, faithful, and fruitful.

Arrangements for weddings must be made by the parties to the proposed marriage at least six months in advance of the wedding and prior to setting a firm date. This will allow sufficient time for the couple to complete the required meetings, to attend the pre-marriage programs and to prepare a proper celebration of the sacrament.

Your wedding can be no later than 3:00 p.m. Rehearsal is usually held the evening before the wedding at 7:00 p.m. Wedding stipend: $400.00 if you are a parishioner $500.00 if you are not a parishioner. The wedding stipend is needed to secure the wedding date.
 
When you meet with the priest, bring newly issued Baptismal Certificates and the wedding stipend. Your Baptism Certificates must be dated within 6 months of your wedding.
 
You will need to sign up for Marriage Preparation and we will require that a copy of that Certificate. Baptismal Certificates and Marriage Preparation Certificate may be faxed to our office 613-692-3562.
 
If you are not Roman Catholic, we require a signed letter from your parents stating you were never married. The letter must be dated and include contact information.
 
Closer to the wedding, you will need to obtain a marriage licence. These are only valid for 90 days so please ensure it does not expire before your wedding day. The office will contact you to set up an appointment to see our pastor, Rev. Titus Egbueh.
 
Please fill out the online Request Form for Marriage Celebration (below) and submit it to the office.
 
Contact:
Parish Office at 613-692-4254 or email office@stleonardsparish.ca
 

Marriage as a Sacrament

Marriage perfects the human love of the spouses

From the
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1659 St. Paul said: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church. . . . This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church” (Eph 5:25, 32)
 

1660 The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament.

1661 The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life (cf Council of Trent: DS 1799).
 

1662 Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love.

1663 Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful.

1664 Unity, indissolubility, and openness to fertility are essential to marriage. Polygamy is incompatible with the unity of marriage; divorce separates what God has joined together; the refusal of fertility turns married life away from its “supreme gift,” the child (GS 50 # 1).

1665 The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith.

1666 The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.
 
 
 

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Contact:
:
Parish Secretary 613-692-4254 or
 

Request for Marriage Celebration