“The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution. God who created man out of love also calls him to love – the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1603, 1604
Congratulations on your engagement! The vocation of married love is a beautiful and challenging one that deserves special preparation. Pope Francis said, “Dear young people, don’t be afraid to marry. A faithful and fruitful marriage will bring you happiness.” Your marriage will not only bring you happiness and transform your own futures, but it will also have lasting effects on many others and on succeeding generations.
The initial process begins at the parish and involves paperwork, such as producing affidavits of freedom to marry from parents or others close to the couple as well as baptismal certificates issued within the last six months. An engag