All love comes from God, and all love reflects the love that God has for His creation. The Sacrament of Marriage is, first and foremost, a sign and symbol of this love. Marriage is a sacrament of the self-giving love which two people offer to each other. The love which a couple have for each other mirrors the love God has for men and women.
The marriage covenant between one man and one woman forms an intimate communion of life and love, which has been established by the Creator and raised to the level of a Sacrament by Christ the Redeemer. Marriage is based on the free consent of the bride and groom and their will to give themselves to each other mutually and definitively in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. The married love of a husband and wife, through the Sacrament of Matrimony, reflects in the world the love of Christ for His bride the Church.
Scheduling Your Wedding at St. Jude
A meeting with one of the parish priests should be made at least eight months prior to any marriage at St. Jude Catholic Church. In addition to pre-marital preparation at the parish, attendance at a Pre-Cana Conference (or Engaged Encounter) and Christian Sexuality Workshop are required.