There will be a Prayer Service at 1 pm on Sunday, May 28th at St. Thomas Cemetery, as we remember those who have gone before us. The cemetery is located at 22nd & Sherman, Coeur d'Alene.

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Marriage

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

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

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; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)

The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against the natural law of God:

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith. (CCC 1665)

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity

We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.

 

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Sacrament of Matrimony

Weddings are normally celebrated with your parish family in the parish where you are registered and actively involved. We have many outside requests each year for weddings to be held in our beautiful church. For this reason, we reserve the privilege of celebrating this momentous occasion for those Catholics who are registered members of our parish. One or the other of the happy couple must be a registered supporting member of St. Thomas at least 6 months prior to the request for marriage. This registration must be separate from that of your parents if you are listed with them. If you are not registered, the wedding date may be set for a year after the date of registration, providing you are an active, contributing member and intend to remain as such. Please allow a minimum of six (6) full months from the first official meeting with the priest to set the date for marriage. It is important that you use this time to carefully reflect on and prepare for the Sacrament you are asking to receive. Plans such as setting the date, printing invitations, securing a reception hall, etc., should not be made final until after this initial meeting and the necessary pre-marriage paper work is completed. St. Thomas does not provide rental space for receptions following your wedding.

Marriage

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)