In the Catholic Church, marriage is understood as a sacrament so that the community of believers can encounter God’s real love for all persons made visible in the depth of love between a man and woman. Marriage is what we celebrate; the wedding is where the friends and family witness to these dimensions of love of God for us through the couples’ self-giving love.
We invite couples to engage in marriage preparation, which requires a minimum of six months prior to the celebration. During preparation, the couple will take an inventory titled FOCCUS, which assesses multifaceted dimensions of a marital relationship, communication, personal interests, sexuality, finances, religion and values.
Following the review of the inventory, which requires a minimum of five appointments, the couple will work with the director of music ministry for St. Jerome Catholic Church to plan the Rite of Marriage.
For more information, please contact the parish office at 510.525.0876.