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Holy Matrimony


Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.  Man and woman were created for each other.

By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, "Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (Chapter 21)

Marriage Preparation Checklist for Engaged Couples:

1.  Call Holy Name Catholic Church at 970-879-0671 to schedule a meeting to discuss wedding preparations.  (8-12 months before wedding)

2.  Initial Meeting (8 months before wedding):

  • Complete Marriage Forms
  • Schedule ceremony & rehearsal
  • Pay sanctuary fees
  • Introduction to conjugal love
  • Discuss marital consent
  • Register for marriage preparation course
  • Register for Natural Family Planning Course

3.  FOCCUS Inventory (7-8 months before wedding):

  • Complete FOCCUS Inventory (online or in person at the Church)
  • Meet with FOCCUS Facilitator

4.  Marriage Preparation Program

  • Start marriage prep course
  • Introduction to Theology of the Body
  • Schedule second meeting with parish contact
  • Submit records to Holy Name Office (1 year to 6 months prior to wedding)
    • Baptismal Records
    • Declaration of Nullity (if applicable)
    • Death Certificate (if applicable)
    • Copy of civil marriage license (if seeking convalidation)  
  • Complete and return Freedom of Marry Forms

5.  Natural Family Planning (6 months before wedding)

6.  Final Meeting (4-6 weeks before the wedding)

  • Have final meeting with your priest or deacon
  • Submit certificates of completion for:
    • FOCCUS Inventory
    • Marriage Prep Course
    • Natural Family Planning Course
  • Provide liturgy and music selection to liturgy coordinator "Together for Life" book
  • Plan rehearsal
  • Apply for marriage license at any county clerk office (date of license must not exceed 30 days prior to the wedding)

7.  Sacrament of Reconciliation (1 to 2 weeks before the wedding)

  • Go to confession
  • Deliver marriage license to parish