The Sacrament of Matrimony
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. (CCC 1601)
Engaged couples participate in the marriage preparation process to help nurture their relationship. Please contact the Parish Secretary at least 6 months in advance of the date you desire for the wedding to begin the preparation process.
PREPARE/ENRICH is a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple's strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education. It is also used for marriage counseling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement. Based on a couple's assessment results, these trained facilitator couples provide sessions in which they help the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.
Declaration of nullity in Marriage (Annulment)
Once a marriage is entered into between one man and one woman, Catholic, Protestant, or non-Christian it is presumed to be a valid and binding union until the contrary can be proven. And as long as a person is bound to a previous valid marriage, the Church does not permit a second marriage to take place.
The Church has established certain procedures by which persons can attempt to prove that a previous marriage was not valid or binding, thereby assuring that they are free to marry according to the rites of the Church. This usually involves those persons who seek to marry in the Church, but have been previously married. However, others too may need the assistance of this team. For example, divorced Catholics may want to settle the status of a previous marriage that ended in divorce even though they have no immediate plans to remarry.
St. John’s Annulment Advocacy Team provides services in conjunction with Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and the Office of Canonical and Tribunal Services of the Diocese of Austin These trained volunteers help parishioners understand the Church’s teaching on marriage, on annulment case categories, on the basic procedures involved, and they provide assistance in filing forms. Please contact the Parish Office at (512) 353-8969 or email us to schedule an appoinment with our Advocate who will assist you in this process of healing.