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.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church)


Marriage Preparation  Marriage Preparation is required for all couples seeking the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Catholic Church.  The first step is for couples to meet with a Priest at least six months prior to their wedding date.  No wedding date will be confirmed until this meeting. Also, couples are required to attend an approved marriage preparation program before celebrating the sacrament of Marriage. St. Athanasius Parish offers a preparation program involving several meetings between the engaged couple and trained Catholic mentor couples (see below under "Marriage Ministry").  Or couples may choose from a variety of programs offered elsewhere in the Diocese. Call the Parish Center Main Office for details.

The Sacrament of Matrimony is celebrated on Friday evenings, or Saturdays at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, or 2:30 pm. Further information may be obtained at the initial meeting with the Priest. Please call the Parish Center to schedule a meeting.

Marriage Enrichment  Marriage Enrichment offers opportunities for married couples to reconnect and enjoy some adult time with their spouse and other couples in an environment that fosters Christian values within the marriage unit. For the next scheduled activity see the bulletin or call the Faith Formation Office for additional information.