Christian Marriage is the sacrament by which a man and a woman freely enter a life-long covenant of love and life. Their partnership of the whole of life mirrors the relationship of Christ and the Church: a love that is faithful, committed, and open to new life.
Marriage by its nature is ordered to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. These ends or purposes of marriage are the foundation for its essential properties of unity (one man and one woman, faithful to one another) and indissolubility (a commitment that is life-long).
Because marriage is the basis of stable family life, in turn the basic unit of human society, adequate preparation for this life-long vocation is vitally important. For more information on marriage preparation and other questions about marriage in the Church, contact Fr. Timothy Gapinski, wedding coordinator for our parish. Please schedule an appointment with him as soon as possible after your engagement to help guide you through the process. We want to celebrate with you and walk with you on your journey of love and discovery toward the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. A Marriage Course and other preparations will be arranged. It takes at least six months for the full marriage preparation process.
Fr. Timothy Gapinski
Cluster Guidelines for Marriage Preparation (PDF file)
Checklist for Weddings at St. Anthony (PDF file)
Wedding Music at St. Anthony (PDF file)
Marriage Encounter is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together. The emphasis on Marriage Encounter is on communication between husband and wife, who spend a weekend together away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, to concentrate on each other. It allows couples to rediscover each other and together focus on their marriage relationship for an entire weekend. What a great gift! Watch the St. Cloud Visitor for dates.
(Re-tro-vī, with a long i), the French word for rediscovery, is a ministry that provides hope to those couples who are struggling to make their marriage work or for those in hurting marriages. Are you frustrated, hurt and often times angry with each other? Are you feeling cold, alone, disillusioned or bored? This program starts with a weekend experience, which gives the couple tools to help them put their marriage in order again. The program then continues with six follow-up sessions that aid the couple in rebuilding
Jerry and Carol Jansen