Marriage was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), to be one of the seven sacraments. A marriage between any two baptized Christians, as long as it is entered into with the intention to contract a true marriage, is a sacrament. The effect of the sacrament is an increase in sanctifying grace for the spouses, a participation in the divine life of God Himself. This sanctifying grace helps each spouse to help the other advance in holiness, and it helps them together to cooperate in God's plan of redemption by raising up children in the Faith. In this way, sacramental marriage is more than a union of a man and a woman; it is, in fact, a type and symbol of the divine union between Christ, the Bridegroom, and His Church, the Bride. As married Christians, open to the creation of new life and committed to our mutual salvation, we participate not only in God's creative act but in the redemptive act of Christ.
We here at St. Joseph Parish look forward sharing that special day with you and hope that we will see you often in your married life. Our goal is to help you make your wedding day a beautiful and spiritual experience that begins your married life in the best possible way. If you are engaged please remember there is a preparation process that you must go through. This should be done preferably nine to twelve months before your proposed wedding date but at least six months prior to the proposed date. Please call the Rectory at 330-928-2173 to schedule an appointment with a priest to get started on your preparation process.
Who can marry at St. Joseph Parish?
Any registered parishioner may be married at St. Joseph Parish. If you are not registered here you must receive permission from the Pastor of the Parish where you reside. At least one of the parties must be a practicing Catholic. A practicing Catholic is defined as someone who attends Mass weekly and receives the Sacraments regularly. If you have been away from the Church for a while, this could be an excellent opportunity to renew your commitment to your faith. The marriage policies of St. Joseph Parish are in conformity with the norms established by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.