Congratulations on your engagement!
In the Sacrament of Marriage, the natural love shared by a man and a woman is raised to a supernatural level. The bride and groom are the ministers of the sacrament. They confer the Sacrament of Marriage on each other when they commit to a lifelong partnership of their entire lives which is total, permanent and open to the possibility of children. The sacramental relationship between Christian wives and husbands is an image of the mystical relationship between Christ and his bride, the Church.
The Diocese of Erie requires all couples to attend marriage preparation classes (either Pre-Cana or Engagement Encounter). For more information regarding a marriage at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, please contact the pastor or deacon by calling the parish office.