Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1661: "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 (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1799)."
At least nine months of preparation is required (per Diocesan Synod 2017) prior to the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Individuals with prior bonds of marriage must have a Document of Freedom to Marry before a Wedding date is set.
Sarah Bengtson, Pastoral Assistant
Parish Office: 701-225-3972
Priscilla Keogh, Music Director
"Make [your wedding] a real celebration — because marriage is a celebration — a Christian celebration, not a worldly feast! . . . What happened in Cana 2,000 years ago, happens today at every wedding celebration: that which makes your wedding full and profoundly true will be the presence of the Lord who reveals himself and gives his grace. It is his presence that offers the 'good wine,' he is the secret to full joy, that which truly warms the heart. It is good that your wedding be simple and make what is truly important stand out. Some are more concerned with the exterior details, with the banquet, the photographs, the clothes, the flowers. . . These are important for a celebration, but only if they point to the real reason for your joy: the Lord's blessing on your love."
Address to engaged couples in Rome, February 14, 2014 (From the USCCB website)