That is why a man leaves his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

Marriage is the sacrament by which two people are bound together as a visible sign of the faithful, fruitful love they share for one another, and as a sign of the love that Christ has for His body, the Church.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation at Our Lady of Lourdes includes sessions with one of our priests, as well as with a trained Sponsor Couple. Please contact the church office, at 563.359.0345 or email Carolyn by clicking here,  at least 9 months prior to your ideal wedding date so that we can the preparation process and start making arrangements for your ceremony.  

If you’re not already active, registered members of the Our Lady of Lourdes community, the first step in the Marriage Preparation Process is to get registered as parishioners. Click here to register with the Parish.

Sacraments 101: Matrimony (Why Make it Catholic?)

Why do we have to have a Catholic wedding? Why does it take so long to get married in the Church? Why does the Church insist we have children? These questions and more are answered in this short video geared towards those who’d like an introduction or refresher on Catholic perspective on marriage.

Sacraments 201: Matrimony (More Questions Answered)

Can we have a destination wedding? What kind of music can we use? What if we’re already living together? What if we’re divorced? This video dives a little more deeply into the Sacrament of Marriage and what every engaged Catholic couple need to know!