Marriage is a Sacrament of the Church, that is, a place in which you can encounter the person of Jesus alive and active within your relationship. As such, we hope that you recognize your wedding as a profoundly spiritual experience for you and for the rest of the Church who will see in your love for each other a reflection of the immeasurable love that Jesus Christ has for all the Church.
The Catholic Church requires that you begin sacramental preparation for your wedding celebration at least six months prior to your wedding. During that time you will participate in a Marriage Preparation Program, meet with the priest who will preside at your wedding at least once, work with the presiding priest to complete all the necessary paperwork for your wedding, and plan for the ceremony.
For more information, call the Office for Family Life at 703-841-2550 or visit Arlington Diocese Family Life.