"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, article 1601)
Engaged couples must make arrangements at least six months prior to the date of marriage. All are required to participate in a marriage preparation program. Please call the office 703-430-0811 to make an appointment. For more information, call the Arlington Diocese Office for Family Life at 703-841-2550 or visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/familylife/marriage_engaged.php.