Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Engagement is not merely the time spent preparing for a wedding; it is a time of discernment for those planning a Christian marriage. It provides time to examine the meaning of responsible and mature love. With God's fidelity as a model of unconditional love, it is a time to consider your readiness to make that same commitment to another.

Engagement is a time of excitement and preparation for a particular and very important day. The importance of this day is based on the commitment of each of you to each other forever, before God and man. The purpose of marriage is to build a unique friendship and love between spouses. The richness of your relationship will have a positive impact not only on your lives but also on the lives of all around you and through this love you will be able to provide a nurturing environment for children to grow.