WHY IS MARRIAGE A SACRAMENT?
The marriage between a baptized man and a baptized woman is a sacrament because the couple’s relationship expresses in a unique way the unbreakable bond of love between Christ and his Church.
Like the other six sacraments of the Church, marriage is a sign or symbol which reveals the Lord Jesus and through which his divine life and love are communicated.
Couples desiring to be married in the Catholic Church first sit down to meet with one of our priests or deacons. Then they complete the marriage preparation program through the Archdiocese, which also includes meeting with a married couple within our parishes and an overview of Natural Family Planning.
Couples desiring to be married at a West Allis Catholic parish should be registered members of that parish and should arrange for a date and instruction at least six months in advance. Please contact the St. Rita Parish Office for more information.
The Office of Marriage and Family Life at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has more information about getting married in the Catholic Church, including information about its marriage preparation options, information about Natural Family Planning, and resources for engaged and married couples.