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.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601
Marriage is a sacred event, a sacrament. The ritual celebrated before the community is only the beginning of the event, not the final step. The couple continues the "sacramenting" process as they live their convenantal relationship and life together. To enter the preparatory period toward the celebration of this sacrament, education and formation are required. In order to initiate the process please contact Margaret Graham at 775-323-6894, ext. 511. A minimum of 6 months of preparation is required prior to the celebration.
A declaration of nullity does not mean that your marriage never happened, nor that your children are illegitimate. It means that the conditions for a
sacramental marriage were not met. If your life has been touched by divorce and you wish to seek an annulment, remember there is always a way in which you can be helped by the Church.