Holy Matrimony

“Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church” – Pope St. John Paul II (Love and Responsibility)

“The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by Him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage.” – The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1603


Any baptized Catholic man or baptized woman, who is free to marry (has no canonical impediments) and who fully consents, can get married in the Catholic Church.

Family Planning (NFP), or fertility awareness, is a term used to describe the various methods that are available to learn the natural times of fertility and infertility in a woman’s cycle. Learn more and find information through the Diocese of Baton Rouge Marriage and Family Life Website.