Father, by your power you have made everything out of nothing.
In the beginning you created the universe and made mankind in your own likeness.
You gave man the constant help of woman
so that man and woman should no longer be two, but one flesh,
and you teach us that what you have united may never be divided.
(from the Nuptial Blessing of the Rite of Marriage)
A marriage is established by the marriage covenant, the irrevocable consent that the spouses freely give to and receive from each other. This unique union of a man and woman and the good of the children impose a total fidelity on each of them and the unbreakable unity of their bond. To make the indissoluble marriage covenant a clearer sign of this full meaning and a surer help in its fulfillment, Christ the Lord raised it to the dignity of a sacrament, modeled on his own nuptial bond with the Church.
Christian couples, therefore, are to strive to nourish and develop their marriage by undivided affection, which wells up from the fountain of divine love: in a merging of the human and the divine, they remain faithful in body and in mind, in good times and in bad. (from the Introduction to the Rite of Marriage, #2 and #3)
The community of Our Lady of the Assumption would be happy to welcome you and your family and friends for your wedding, and anytime! If you are interested in celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, please contact the parish office (916-481-5115) at least six months prior to your anticipated wedding date.