The sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.


Marriage is a Covenant

Marriage is a covenant by which a man and woman establish a partnership as a couple with God for their whole lives. By its very nature it is ordered to the well-being of the spouses. To be valid, Catholic marriage must take place in the church before a priest or deacon and two witnesses. To appreciate this special vocation, those who are planning to marry at Holy Family parish must be part of our marriage preparation program. Once you have decided to be married in the Catholic Church, contact Holy Family at least six months prior to the intended date of marriage to confirm availability and complete preparation. Please contact Julie Klinkenberg for more information.

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)

Annulments – Tribunal Advocacy for Decree of Invalidity

This process is offered to those adults who have experienced an unsuccessful marriage and are seeking to petition the Tribunal of the Archdiocese for a possible invalidity. The parish has professionally trained and appointed advocates to assist any inquiring individual. The process brings reconciliation and healing to those experiencing the pain of a failed marriage and wishing to be free to marry in the Catholic Church. Please call the Parish Office (425-822-0295) for more information about the process.