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Faith Formation

 

Marriage

Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: "It is not good that the man should be alone.  The woman, "flesh of his flesh," his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a "helpmate"; she thus represents God from whom comes our help.  "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.  The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been "in the beginning": "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. (Gen 2:18-25, Mt 19:6)

"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. (#1601)

In his preaching Jesus unequivocally taught the original meaning of the union of man and woman as the Creator willed it from the beginning permission given by Moses to divorce one's wife was a concession to the hardness of hearts.  The matrimonial union of man and woman is indissoluble: God himself has determined it "what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder. (Mt 19:8, Mt 19:6)

This unequivocal insistence on the indissolubility of the marriage bond may have left some perplexed and could seem to be a demand impossible to realize.  However, Jesus has not placed on spouses a burden impossible to bear, or too heavy - heavier than the Law of Moses.  By coming to restore the original order of creation disturbed by sin, he himself gives the strength and grace to live marriage in the new dimension of the Reign of God.  It is by following Christ, renouncing themselves, and taking up their crosses that spouses will be able to "receive" the original meaning of marriage and live it with the help of Christ. This grace of Christian marriage is a fruit of Christ's cross, the source of all Christian life. (Mk 8:34, Mt 11:29-30, Mt 19:11 #1615)

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. (#1661)

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. (#1662)  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. (#1663)

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. (#1664)  Thus, the marriage bond has been established by God himself in such a way that a marriage concluded and consummated between baptized persons can never be dissolved.  This bond, which results from the free human act of the spouses and their consummation of the marriage, is a reality, henceforth irrevocable, and gives rise to a covenant guaranteed by God's fidelity.  The Church does not have the power to contravene this disposition of divine wisdom. (#1640)

 
At St. Elizabeth Seton Parish

Notice of Marriage celebrations at Seton must be scheduled eight months prior to the date intended for the celebration.

Marriage preparation for the couple is required.

Please contact the Parish Office at 575-0119 for more information and to schedule.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Weekend Masses
Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 7:30am, 9:00am,10:30am, 12:00pm

Daily Mass

Monday & Thursday:  Mass at Seton, 8:00am

Tuesday & Friday:  Mass at St. Andrew, 7:30am

*Wednesday: 1st, 3rd, 5th Mass at Seton, 9:00am

                       2nd & 4th Mass St.Andrew, 9:00am

Saturday: Mass at Seton, 8:00am

(unless posted otherwise on the  website homepage)

summer months Wed Mass at 7:30 or 8:00

  (see location above)

school year Wed Mass at 9:00am 

   (see location above)


Confessions

Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
(or by appointment)

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