The Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage) is the means by which a man and a woman encounter Christ in a special relationship with each other in a way that contributes to the salvation of both.

As expressed in paragraph 1601 of the Catholic Catechism, “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”

Marriage, which was instituted by the Creator and elevated to the level of a Sacrament by Christ, stands as an image of the union of Christ and His Church. Important to the sacrament is the full and willing consent of each partner, as they commit themselves to their marital relationship for the rest of their lives.

Those who wish to marry need to contact Fr. Patrick at least 6 months prior to the anticipated wedding date at (313)274-4500, or by e-mail at

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