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.
To assist us in working together as you deliberate and prepare for marriage, please fill out the Wedding Request Form (link to form will be available soon). This form should be submitted at least six months prior to the desired date of marriage. Upon receipt and review of the Wedding Request Form, we will contact you within three (3) business days with a link to schedule an initial wedding appointment with our director of Marriage and Family Life. During this appointment we will review paperwork needed and prepare you to enter into our marriage preparation process. We will also confirm your wedding date and time at this meeting.
Our marriage preparation process consists of an initial appointment, 6-8 meetings with a marriage mentor couple, and attendance at an Intimacy in Marriage and an NFP Introductory class.
The St. John Neumann Wedding Guidelines are available to help you plan your wedding. These guidelines should be reviewed prior to signing your Wedding Request Form.
A wedding date cannot be guaranteed until AFTER you meet for your Initial Wedding Appointment. You are advised not to to make any reservations with regards to reception site, invitations, etc until your date has been guaranteed with St. John Neumann.
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.