Office of Marriage and Family Life

"Christian marriage,
as a reflection of the union between
Christ and his Church, is fully realized
in the union between a man and
a woman who 
give themselves
to each other in a free, faithful
and exclusive love, 
who belong to
other until death and are open to
the transmission of life, 
and are
consecrated by the sacrament,
grants them the grace to become
a domestic church and a leaven
of new life for society."

~ Pope Francis

In Gaudium et Spes, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council call marriage a "community of life and love" and tell us that "God himself is the author of marriage." Thus a man and a woman, when they marry, enter into a covenant with each other and with God; giving their lives to each other in order to form this community.

Pope Paul VI then goes on to say that the purpose of this community is the generation and education of children. The Catholic 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.

For Your Marriage, a website sponsored by the USCCB, has information on marriage preparation, caring for your marriage, and about Catholic marriage. 

Coming soon!  The Family Life Office has been directed by Bishop Vasa to develop an updated "Marriage Preparation Policy."  The new policy will include some exciting programs for engaged couples as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage. If you have any questions, please contact the Family Life Office. 




Office of Marriage and Family Life

Deacon Dave and Carlin Gould

Family Life Office
(707) 566-3305





"The welfare fo the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church." ~ Amoris Laetitia, 31