Scripture (Rev 19:7, 9) often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Through marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying,
"Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church."
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. 

Couples Preparing for Marriage at St John the Evangelist 
St. John the Evangelist, in coordination with the Diocesan Office of Family Life and Spirituality, assists couples both in preparing for their marriage and their wedding ceremony. To begin your marriage planning, please contact our Director of Pastoral Ministry, Jorge Mendoza, [email protected] to arrange for an initial interview to begin the process. 
Wedding Preparation
1. Meet to go over the process of matrimony. 
2. Register and complete the FOCCUS questionnaire.
3. Meet with deacon or parish representative to go over FOCCUS results.
4. Register and attend a weekend or day retreat with the diocese.
5. After completing the FOCCUS and retreat, begin Witness to Love. 
6. Baptism & Confirmation certificates should be ordered. 
7. Submit all requested paperwork. 
7. Within three months of the celebration, a Marriage License should be requested by the State. 
8. Three months prior to wedding you will be given a liturgy workbook to select all the readings and prayers within the celebration. 
9. Review and select liturgy for the celebration.  
10. One month prior to wedding, all documents and fees must be submitted. 
Wedding - $500
Musicians - $250