What is Marriage?

“Jesus said to His disciples, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’? For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

– Matthew 19:5

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.

~ from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adult

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Marriage Preparation
Engaged Couples are required to participate in a marriage preparation program.


Our in-parish marriage preparation program, called Pre-Cana, is held four times a year on Sundays.
You may also attend an Engaged Encounter Weekend:
You may also attend one of the other Diocesan Pre-Cana Programs: 
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Setting the Date for your Wedding
St. Patrick Parish welcomes all Catholics who would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage in our beautiful church. Because preparation for these celebrations can be involved (Pre-Cana, wedding rehearsals, etc.), we ask that engaged couples begin their arrangements at least 6 months in advance of their wedding date. Interested couples are asked to call the Rectory at 631-665-4911 in order to make an appointment with parish clergy. Kindly refrain from booking your reception until you have begun your arrangements with the Church.
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Planning Your Wedding