Marriage is a union of husband and wife, centered on Christ. This holy union mirrors Christ’s love and service to the church.
Through marriage, husband and wife promise to support each other in faith, serve each other and the church, and be faithful to each other until death.
Catholic Guidelines for Marriage Preparation has three steps:
1. Assessment: including determination of canonical freedom to marry and administration of “FOCUS”, a tool for helping a couple assess and deepen their relationship, with the assistance of a trained volunteer.
2. Instruction: involves a couple’s participation at the La Crosse Diocese Marriage Retreat program and an online course on Natural Family Planning.
3. Liturgical: involes planning of the wedding ceremony and the rehearsal
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up His life for her. -Ephesians 5:25
For more information, please contact our Pastoral Office six months in advance of your wedding date.