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The Catholic Church in the United States wants Valentine's Day to be about more...
Married couples are invited to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter...
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Calendar of Events

June 17
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center
Aug. 26
Spanish Pre-Cana/Convalidation Day
Immaculate Conception Church - Fort Smith
Sep. 15 - Sep. 17
Retrouvaille
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24
Marriage Encounter in Spanish
Western Plaza Hotel
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Coury House
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About Catholic Marriage

En Español

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman.

When two baptized Christians enter into marriage freely, understanding its sacredness, permanency and indissolubility, they become a symbol of a sacramental marriage. What does that mean?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sacraments are “actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are ‘the masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant.” (no. 1116) Learn more about the concept of a sacrament.

Regarding the sacrament of marriage, the catechism says: "the sacrament of matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church ..."

The grace of this sacrament "perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life." (no. 1661)

Marriage Q&A

Q. What are the procedures for getting married in the Catholic Church in Arkansas?

A. In the Diocese of Little Rock couples begin the process by meeting with their pastor at least six months before the anticipated wedding date. Our diocesan policy on marriage mandates a minimum of six months for the preparation process. To learn more, see Marriage Q&A.

Recent Updates

The Catholic Church in the United States wants Valentine's Day to be about more...
Married couples are invited to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter...
Are you planning to get married in a Catholic church in Arkansas? If so, find...

Calendar of Events

June 17
Pre-Cana Day
St. John Catholic Center
Aug. 26
Spanish Pre-Cana/Convalidation Day
Immaculate Conception Church - Fort Smith
Sep. 15 - Sep. 17
Retrouvaille
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24
Marriage Encounter in Spanish
Western Plaza Hotel
Sep. 22 - Sep. 24
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Coury House