The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely express their consent. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1625).
According to the Latin tradition, the spouses as ministers of Christ’s grace mutually confer upon each other the sacrament of Matrimony by expressing their consent before the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1623).
The priest (or deacon) who assists at the celebration of a marriage receives the consent of the spouses in the name of the Church and gives the blessing of the Church. The presence of the Church’s minister (and also of the witnesses) visibly expresses the fact that marriage is an ecclesial reality. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1630).
If you are planning to be married at St. Hugh, please contact the office, (305) 444-8363, at least six months in advance.