Sacrament of Matrimony


If you are planning to get married, please contact the parish office at least six months prior to the wedding date. You should bring copies of the baptism certificates for both bride and groom, issued within the last six months, to the initial appointment.
 Phone: 707-447-2354


The sacrament in which a lifelong partnership is formed  between a man and a woman, answering God’s call to be the witnesses of His never forsaking love and sharing the image of God in our physical self .
For an overview of the marriage preparation process in the Diocese of
Sacramento, click here. Please note that you should still contact the
parish for specific information about getting married at St. Joseph.



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Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation

Pre-Cana is a preparation program for couples planning to be married in the Catholic Church. This program enables you understand the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, family life, the art of communication, family finances, sexuality, and your role in society as well as in the Church. These classes, or another diocesan-approved program, are a requirement for a Catholic wedding.
Please contact the parish office for the dates of the next series of Pre-Cana classes.



A short video about “The Sacrament of Matrimony”


On Engagement by: Pope Francis


Theology of Marriage

Catholic Christians believe that marriage is an intimate partnership of life and love. Marriage was created by God to be a permanent union of man and woman…an unbreakable bond. God has made a covenant with us – a sacred promise of faithfulness that will never be broken. In marriage, YOU are the primary sacrament or symbol of God’s covenant. Sacramental marriage is not simply a private event in the lives of two people; it is a transforming event for the entire Christian community.


Matrimonial Covenant

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601)


Preparation For Marriage

Married couples, in virtue of their Sacrament of Matrimony, express and share in the mystery of marital love that exists between Christ and the Church.  Through your preparation and entering into this holy vocation as married persons you are a symbol of unconditional love and intimate communion between Jesus, (the Groom) and the Church (His bride). To witness the love of a man and woman made holy in the Sacrament of Matrimony is to see concretely the love between Christ and His Church.  Marriage fills us with great joy and gratitude.  That is why we take the preparation and celebration of this sacrament seriously.

Prayer for Engaged Couples

Thank You Lord, for this wonderful gift of our love, which already has brought us so much joy. Grant that we may continue to love; reverently, patiently, generously — seeing you in each other. Guide us to continue to discover each other, that our understanding and compassion may deepen and mature. Teach us to forget ourselves and live for and in each other, that we may truly become one. In the hurried days of final preparation, grant us the calmness to reflect upon the sacramental moment when you will seal and sanctify our promises, binding us together in profound intimacy forever. Grant us the insight to realize that soon our unique love will be caught up and transformed into your boundless love. Then we will no longer be merely a young man or woman in love—but husband and wife, an image of Christ and His Church, with a special right to supernatural help, and special commission to create love in each other, in our children, and in the family of God. In joy or sorrow, in richness or poverty, in sickness and in health—may our love grow into your Divine Love till death do us part. Amen.