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Marriage

 

The sacrament of marriage is a visible
sign of God’s love for the Church.
When a man and a woman are married in the Church,
they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.

 

 


Holy Matrimony is a sacrament that expresses the unbreakable bond between Christ and his people. 
 


There are so many details in planning a truly memorable wedding. You probably have an idea of when and where you wish to hold the ceremony and the reception. But before you settle on a date and put a deposit on a banquet hall, the first thing to do is contact your local parish and make an appointment to begin planning your wedding.

Location, Location, Location - Choosing a Place for the Wedding Ceremony

Typically Catholic weddings take place in the parish of the bride, but the groom’s parish is fine too. If you’re not currently registered in a parish, you should plan to register as soon as possible in the parish closest to where you’ll live when you’re married. This way you will already feel at home in your own parish community as you begin your married life together, especially if you already attend that parish together for weekly Mass.
 
If you’ve moved away but have always dreamed of marrying in the parish where you grew up, and still have a strong connection to that community through family and friends, you should contact your former parish as soon as possible. Assuming you live too far away to prepare for marriage in that parish, you’ll need to contact your local parish to get started on the marriage preparation process. Each parish does things a little differently, so contacting both your local parish and the parish of marriage is very important in order to get started.

 

The Parish Church – The Place for Catholic Weddings

The Sacrament of Marriage takes place in a church, not the beach, park, or other place of natural beauty. The Church is a sacred place, consecrated for the purpose of offering worship to God. Here the people of God gather for holy occasions. It is a graced space by its history, traditions and especially by the people whose faith is nourished there over the years. When the couple chooses the Church for their wedding, they are taking a step forward in faith, and they are inviting Christ into their marriage, and into the years to come as a couple and a family.

Christian marriage is a sacrament and a sign of God’s presence in our daily lives. As such, sacramental marriage is meant to be celebrated within the parish community that holds special meaning in the lives of the bride and groom. It is not just the church building that’s important, but the community of believers that it represents. Your home parish is the community of people who help prepare you for marriage and will support you as you begin your lives together. This is why the Catholic Church encourages all couples to celebrate their wedding in their own parish community, a community that will be enriched by their new marital union.

 If you are a parishioner living in the Diocese of Fresno and
are interested in getting married at St. John's Cathedral,

the initial interview should be at least six months
prior to your desired wedding date.

To begin the process, please click on the following link for more information or

contact the parish office: 



After reviewing Guidelines 


Please Click Here For:
Preliminary Information For Requested Marriage atSt. John's Cathedral.
 


COVID-19 - Marriage Guidelines - CLICK HERE for the latest guidelines for the celebration of Catholic weddings in the Diocese of Fresno during the Covid-19 pandemic.


For more information on the Diocesan Policies please read Diocesan of Fresno Policy of Marriage 



 

 

Marriage

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)

 


Contact Information 

 

Wedding Coordinator
Email:
weddings@stjohnsfresno.org


Parish Email:
stjohnscathedral@sbccglobal.net

 

Phone: (559) 485-6210


Office Hours:
Tuesday-Friday
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
&
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 


Marriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)

The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against the natural law of God:

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith. (CCC 1665)

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity


We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being.

 The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.

 

 

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