What is the Sacrament of Marriage?

Marriage is the unique Sacrament which binds one man and one woman together in a covenant under God and His Church. It is a Sacrament of vocation, a response to a specific calling that God has placed in the hearts of a couple. It is a bond that lasts for life which is permanent, faithful, and fruitful. Marriage is not just about two people, but is the foundation of the family, the "domestic church," the most basic and foundational structure, not only for the Church, but for all of society.

Celebrating Marriage at Visitation BVM - 

Congratulations!  Please contact the parish office as soon as you are engaged.  Six months is usually required for marriage preparation.  Pre-Cana session is required for Visitation BVM engaged couples.  The first step is to speak with a priest to set your date and do the initial paperwork.  Please call the rectory @ 610-539-5572.



Visitation BVM offers a one-day program for engaged couples with the FOCCUS exam administered prior. The program is presented twice a year by a team of married couples from the parish and follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Talks and discussions cover the basic areas of Communication, Adjustments, Sexuality, Spirituality and Natural Family Planning. The goal of the day is to increase the couple’s awareness of each other and to open up areas of communication to help them prepare for their marriage as a lifelong commitment.

The Pre-Cana team also welcomes married couples who are interested in joining the team, committed to their own marriages and willing to support young couples beginning their own married lives. Meetings are held in the Fall and Spring in preparation for each of the one-day programs. For further information, please contact Joe & Janine Pizza at 610-539-8902 or email joe.pizza@vfac.net.