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.
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. "It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. . . . The two of them become one body" (Gn 2:18; 24). Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond.
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.
As to who may be married in any of the churches of St. Mary's Parish certain conditions need to be met. Please review the documents on the right side of this page. If you are eligible you must contact our liturgist Mary Ann Murchison by phone (830-997-9523 extension 28) or e-mail her to make wedding arrangements for the church. If you are interested in rented any of our facilities for a wedding reception please visit our parish center page or call our office at 997-9523, ext. 32 and ask for Donna Croy or e-mail Donna.
Catholic couples wanting to receive the sacrament of marriage at St. Mary's will have to wait until 2017 as all weekend dates have been reserved.