"The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage.The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity,some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. "The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life." (Catechism of the Catholic Church Part 2, Sec 2, Chap 3 Article 7, para.1603)
The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called "the domestic church," a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity. (Catechism of the Catholic Church Part 2, Sec 2, Chap 3 Article 7, para.1666)
Although we recognize that al of your life has been preparing you for this new journey in faith, we believe that the seriousness of marriage commitment requires an equally serious time of immediate preparation set aside before the sacramental celebration. The preferred time frame to start the preparation is one year, and no case less than six months prior to the wedding date.
All Saints parish community and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas cooperate in providing several different programs and services to help you formulate the most beneficial preparation program.
All those preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage at All Saints Catholic Church must read and follow the guidelines described in the material linked in Marriage Prep at right.