Holy Marriage

Holy Marriage

Congratulations on your engagement!

We are delighted that you have chosen to celebrate your marriage at St. Christopher's.  These months of preparation for your marriage will be busy and exciting.  While your engagement and all its festivities are significant parts of your marriage celebration, the Marriage Ceremony is the center of Christian celebration. The prayers, Scripture readings, vows, giving and receiving of rings, music, and nuptial blessing- all of these, are an expression of both your faith in God and each other.

Please call Mary in the Parish Office at (585) 594-1400 or email at [email protected] to set a date at least six months prior to the event.

Church Fee: $150

Musician Fees: $150 - this fee includes warming up, playing for the service, and accompanying the parish cantor. Please note, the parish's primary musician ( or designated person) is expected to be the musician for that community's weddings.

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.  Man and woman were created for each other.

By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, "Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church." 

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. For more information on the Sacrament of Marriage, click here.