What is the plan of God regarding man and woman?


God who is love and who created man and woman for love has called them to love. By creating man and woman he called them to an intimate communion of life and of love in marriage: “So that they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Matthew 19:6). God said to them in blessing: “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis1:28).

(Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 337)

For what ends has God instituted Matrimony?

The marital union of man and woman, which is founded and endowed with its own proper laws by the Creator, is by its very nature ordered to the communion and good of the couple and to the generation and education of children. According to the original divine plan this conjugal union is indissoluble, as Jesus Christ confirmed: “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mark 10:9).

(Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 337)

How To Apply

It is desirable to book your wedding as soon as possible. A notice period of six months is usually required. Before booking you are required to have a personal interview with the Parish Priest. He will also advise you regarding the necessary documentation. The Parish Priest can be contacted via the Parish Office. Preparation For Marriage

  • You can attend any of the approved classes that take place within the Archdiocese of Johannesburg or any other dioceses. If so, you will need only one personal session, or interview, with the Parish Priest.
  • Mater Dolorosa offers its own preparation course which consists of six sessions of about one hour, plus the wedding rehearsal.