The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

        When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage between two baptized persons is a sacrament, it is saying that the couple’s relationship expresses in a unique way the unbreakable bond of love between Christ and his people. Like the other six sacraments of the Church, marriage is a sign or symbol which reveals the Lord Jesus and through which his divine life and love are communicated. All seven sacraments were instituted by Christ and were entrusted to the Church to be celebrated in faith within and for the community of believers. The rituals and prayers by which a sacrament is celebrated serve to express visibly what God is doing invisibly.

        In a sacramental marriage, God’s love becomes present to the spouses in their total union and also flows through them to their family and community. By their permanent, faithful and exclusive giving to each other, symbolized in sexual intercourse, the couple reveals something of God’s unconditional love. The sacrament of Christian marriage involves their entire life as they journey together through the ups and downs of marriage and become more able to give to and receive from each other. Their life becomes sacramental to the extent that the couple cooperates with God’s action in their life and sees themselves as living “in Christ” and Christ living and acting in their relationship, attitudes and actions.

Requisitos/ Requirements

Iglesia de San Lino

Requisitos de Boda

□ Se debe Reservar la Iglesia con 6 meses de anticipación.

□ Si alguno de los dos ha estado casado o divorciado necesitan hacer una cita con el padre y traer el papeleo del divorcio, el certificado de matrimonio, y el certificado de defunción antes de apartar su fecha

□ La pareja que piensa contraer matrimonio debe traer el certificado de

Certificado de Bautismo (COPIA ACTUALIZADA con fecha de los últimos 6 meses) No puede ser el certificado de bautismo 2 en 1
Certificado de Confirmación y Primera Comunión.
Certificado de Matrimonio si es que ya está casado/a por el civil. Si no está casado/a por el civil se requiere la Licencia de Matrimonio.
44 N San Joaquin St #260, Stockton, CA 95202

□ La pareja que piensa contraer matrimonio debe llenar las formas A y B.

La cita será después de que entreguen los certificados de sus sacramentos

La pareja debe traer 2 testigos. Un testigo para la novia y un testigo para el novio. Los testigos tienen que conocer al individuo por mas de 5 anos.
□ Costo por la documentación y la Iglesia es de $400.00 (No incluye el coro y decoraciones)

Se necesita dejar $100.00 de depósito para reservar la fecha. El deposito no es reembolsable. Deben hacer pagos de $100 al mes (4 meses consecutivos)
No se permite tirar Pétalos ni Arroz
□ Recibirán una llamada antes de su boda para hacer una cita para su ensayo.


Confesiones los Sábados de 8:30am-9:30am

Padrinos de Velación

· Tienen que tener sus sacramentos (Bautismo, Primer Comunión y confirmación)

No pueden estar viviendo en unión libre
Se requiere ANILLOS, LAZO y las ARRAS

Wedding Requirements
□ Must reserve the church with six months in advance of event date.( If you have years living together waiting the 6 months is not necessary)
□ Bring Baptism Certificate (recent copy within the last six months prior to your wedding) , First Holy Communion and Confirmation Certificates.
□ If either one has had a prior marriage or divorce, copies of divorced papers or marriage certificate is needed. Must talk to the priest before reserving a wedding date.
□ The priest will call you to make an appointment with you before the wedding to fill out forms A and B. Each couple must bring two witnesses.( Can be parents or a close relative)
□ Bring either Marriage License or Civil Marriage Certificate
□ $100 deposit is required to reserve a date.( The deposit is no-refundable)
□ The total fee for paper work and church is $400.00
□ Decoration & choir are NOT included.
□ No rice or rose petals are allowed.
□ You will receive a call to schedule your practice a week before the wedding
□ Confessions: Saturdays 8:30am-9:30am
Wedding Godparents
□ Need to have all their sacraments
□ If they are living with their partner they need to be married by the Catholic Church.

Common Questions

When Jesus elevated marriage to the dignity of a sacrament he was building upon the existing natural reality that man and woman were made for union with one another in marriage. God made them male and female and from the beginning the institution of marriage has been for the benefit of the spouses and the loving care of their children. It is a faithful, exclusive, lifelong union of a man and a woman joined in an intimate community of life and love that is open to children and is the most basic unit of human society.

Because marriage is a vocation that involves both the help of grace from God and the cooperation of the spouses with one another, the Church has required various amounts of preparation for the engaged to help them be well equipped for their new life together. Marriage preparation takes many different forms throughout the world because the needs of couples are different according to culture and circumstances. Once entered, marriage is a permanent state of life which requires sacrifice and commitment. For this reason the Church seeks to help the engaged not only learn useful skills and grow in their relationship with one another and with God, she also assists them in making a good decision to marry so that they can be ready to say "I do" and commit to living out the full expression of married love. Couples who make the most of the time of their engagement find themselves more ready for the challenges that lie ahead for them in the exciting adventure of marriage and family life.

It is perhaps best to let this answer come directly from the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 349:
"The Church, since she is faithful to her Lord, cannot recognize the union of people who are civilly divorced and remarried. 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery' (Mark 10:11-12). The Church manifests an attentive solicitude toward such people and encourages them to a life of faith, prayer, works of charity and the Christian education of their children. However, they cannot receive sacramental absolution, take Holy Communion, or exercise certain ecclesial responsibilities as long as their situation, which objectively contravenes God's law, persists."

Recommended Books

Pope Francis: Marriage Preparation is Important

Marriage is too important to rush

Why Have a Catholic Wedding?

Sacraments 101: Matrimony (why make it Catholic)

Saying "I do": What Happens at a Catholic Wedding?

Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding

Marriage: Made for Life

Made For Life

The Family: Like a Cathedral (Intro to the Humanum Film Series)

The Cathedral