MarriageMarriage is a covenant or partnership for life between a man and woman. God made this covenant for the well-being of the spouses, as well as the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament. Holy Matrimony enables the couple to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love. Christ dwells with the spouses and gives them the grace necessary to live out their commitment in “mutual and lasting fidelity.” The couple profess their openness to receiving new life from God, and God grants them also the grace to bring up their children in the Christian faith.

Holy BibleSacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman as spouses in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a glorious vision of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. In other words, the whole of creation and redemption is a marriage Marriagebetween God and His people. For this reason St. Paul teaches that the union of husband and wife is an image of the union between Christ and His Church (Eph 5:25-32). Living up to the model of Christ is often demanding, but this struggle is the only path to covenanted happiness.

1 – Preperation For Marriage At ST. ROSE OF LIMA

A couple wishing to marry must contact the parish priest one year prior to the anticipated date of their wedding. Weddings may take place any day of the week, except Sunday. When a wedding occurs on Saturday, the times are either 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Couples are required to attend a Marriage Preparation Program approved by the Catholic Church.

Each Catholic party must present an up-to-date copy of their baptism certificate (dated not more than 6 months prior to the wedding date), while those of another Christian faith are required to submit a copy of their original baptism certificate.

A couple must obtain a Marriage License from any City Hall in the province of Ontario. A license is only valid for 90 days. It must be brought to the Parish Office two weeks before the wedding.

The couple will be invited to participate in the planning of their Wedding Ceremony by choosing Scriptural passages, prayers, and blessings. A small booklet will be provided by the Parish.

It is recommended that the couple spiritually prepare themselves through prayer, Scriptural meditation, and regular participation in the Holy Eucharist.

Requirements :

Both parties must be over 21 years of age in order to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. If they are under 21 they must obtain the consent of their parents.

Either the bride or groom must be a registered member and a regular worshipper at St. Rose of Lima Parish.

Both parties must be free to marry. If either party has been previously married, documentation showing freedom to marry, i.e. a Declaration of Nullity or Death Certificate, is required prior to the establishing of a date for marriage. In the case of a Marriage Validation, a copy of the marriage license must be provided.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 416-438-6729.