Married Life

Christ raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. "By its nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children" (Catechism, Para. 1660).

As the Council of Trent said, the sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church, thus perfecting their human love while strengthening their indissoluble unity, and sanctifying them on the way to eternal life.

"Since marriage establishes the couple in a public state of life in the Church, it is fitting that its celebration be public, in the framework of a liturgical celebration, before the priest (or a witness authorized by the Church), the witnesses, and the assembly of the faithful" (Catechism, Para. 1663).

The Catechism goes on to call the Christian home “the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called 'the domestic church,' a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity" (Para. 1666).

The Diocese of Green Bay is committed to helping married couples through its parishes, schools, religious education programs and diocesan agencies -- such as Catholic Charities, the Education Office, the Ministry Formation, Vocations, and Family & Married Life offices -- to be fully engaged members of the Church and community.