Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” The woman, “flesh of his flesh,” his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a “helpmate”; she thus represents God from whom comes our help. “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been “in the beginning”: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church
To plan wedding arrangements at St. Edward please contact the church office at 541-258-5333
Marriage is one of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. As such, the Church restricts sacramental marriage to those couples who meet certain requirements.
Regular Attendance at Mass:
The couple should be registered with the parish where they live and regularly attend Mass. Couples who are temporarily in the Lebanon area having marriage preparation here but having the marriage at their home parish do not need to be registered, but they should attend Mass regularly even if only one of them is Catholic. Cohabitating couples should be regular in Mass attendance although they may not yet receive communion.
Couples are required to complete the FOCCUS Survey and attend at least 6 meetings with the priest or the person delegated to prepare couples for marriage.
Natural Family Planning:
Couples are required to attend a Natural Family Planning education series, which is usually a 3-part class.
Couples are required to attend a marriage preparation retreat. They will be informed of the schedule for local options.
Each person is to provide a copy of their Baptismal certificate. It may be obtained from the parish of their Baptism.
Freedom to Marry and Witness Forms:
Couples must complete the necessary form to establish Freedom to Marry with support of witnesses.
If either person has been married previously, whether Catholic or not, an annulment process must be completed.