The Sacrament of Matrimony, whereby a man and woman are joined together in a life-long union of procreative love, is a calling from God. The creator established this purpose from the very beginning by the very manner in which He made men and women. Since God created man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves humanity. While the Old Testament gives witness to this loving union, the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament give ample evidence of Jesus’ desire to raise this union to a new level of meaning. While in the old covenant the possibility of breaking this union by a decree of divorce is in evidence, Jesus pronounces a new teaching. In Matthew 19:3-12 Jesus teaches, “whatever God has joined no man must separate.” Jesus clearly has a new teaching on the nature of marriage itself, it reflects the indivisible unity of the love of God. In this way Jesus raised the natural bond of marriage to a supernatural sacrament of life and love. The movement toward this life choice, the union of marriage, is, therefore, a moment requiring careful deliberation and spiritual preparation. The pastor or deacon should be contacted at least six months prior to the desired date of marriage so appropriate arrangements and preparation can be made. The St. John Neumann Wedding Guidelines are available to help you plan your wedding.
If you or the person you intend to marry has been married previously, you may need an annulment. Please click on the below link to the Diocese of Columbus website on Frequently Asked Questions On Annulments. If you still have questions or find that your previous marriage might need an annulment, please contact our parish office as soon as possible to set up an appointment with our priest or deacon.