Sacrament of Matrimony

What is Marriage?

Marriage is a union between a man and a woman and a promise to serve each other and God for the rest of their earthly lives.  The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract.  It is a relationship between a husband and a wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, only valid in the presence of a priest.

Why is Marriage Important?

Marriage in the Catholic Church is so important because it is more than just a permanent commitment. It is the place where a man and a woman seek—and find—deep union with each other. It is where spouses cooperate with God in the creation of new life. It is a channel of divine grace, and a place of life-long support and love—love which is a beacon of God’s own love for us, a testament of faith to the world.

Who Can be Married?

To be married in the Church a man and woman must be baptized. It requires full consent of both parties, and Marriage Preparation Classes through St. Mary Magdalene.

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. CCC 1660

Visit the Links Below for a Deeper Understanding of Matrimony

St. Mary Magdalene Office

P.O. Box 409

N2845 Shadow Road
Waupaca, WI 54981

1 mile south of Hwy. 10 on Hwy. 22

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Contact Us

Phone (715) 258-2088
Fax (715) 258-5708


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