Through Sacramental Marriage, a man and a woman enter into a covenant or partnership of love and mission. Sacramental Marriage is ordered to well being of the husband and wife and to the procreation and upbringing of children.

Receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony at Our Lady of Grace

Our Marriage preparation ministry assists couples preparing to be married in the Catholic Church. OLG's Marriage Coordinator, Anna Zahler, from the parish office guides you from the start of the process through your wedding day. Give yourself plenty of time; it takes approximately nine to twelve months to prepare to receive the sacrament (a minimum of six months). Your preparation includes working with a mentor couple over several meetings to discuss the sacrament of matrimony, taking and discussing the results of a personal inventory, and learning the practical tools to use for a long and fruitful marriage. Engaged couples also attend a retreat, learn about natural family planning methods, and, of course, meet the our Liturgist, Shelly Aebi, to plan the wedding liturgy.

Newly engaged couples should call the parish office at 952-929-3317 x 103 and Anna Zahler or email her directly. Due to the number of weddings taking place at Our Lady of Grace on a yearly basis, it is highly recommended that couples speak with the Marriage Coordinator before planning on a specific date or reserving a reception site; Our Lady of Grace cannot guarantee that a couple’s desired date will be available otherwise. Wedding prep generally takes a full nine months.

Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Retreat Information

Designed by the Office for Marriage, Family and Life, the Living God’s Love Marriage Preparation Program offers engaged couples the opportunity to prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage. Offered in a weekend format, Living God’s Love is structured to help engaged couples reflect on the beauty and richness of the Church’s teachings on marriage and the family.

Couples receive presentations by priests, educators, physicians and married couples that share the beauty of the Church’s teaching about the vocation of marriage as a call to holiness and a gift of self. The Archdiocese offers the weekend program every month of the year, with the exception of December.