Matrimony

Holy Matrimony is the Sacrament a baptised man and woman confer upon one another when they marry. Although marriage has always been a reality observable from natural law, "That is why a man is destined to leave father and mother, and cling to his wife instead, so that the two become one flesh," (Gen. 2:24, Mat. 19:5), Christ has raised it to the dignity of a Sacrament when it takes place among the faithful.

Matrimony is counted with Holy Orders as a Sacrament at the Service of Communion, in that it is directed toward the salvation of others; if it contributes as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that it does so. (CCC 1534) Matrimony is ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. (CCC 1601)

Weddings at Our Lady of Tahoe

Our Lady of Tahoe provides practicing Catholics a beautiful marriage setting, with spiritual meaning and substance, and God’s presence in the sacrament of Matrimony amidst the natural splendor of Lake Tahoe. Celebrate the beginning of your marriage in a memorable way, where you, your family, friends and guests are welcome.

Wedding Planning

Laureen Mesa coordinates weddings on behalf of Our Lady of Tahoe, and will be of service to both the parish and your wedding party, assisting with details for your special holy day.

If you’d like to marry at Our Lady of Tahoe (or would like any additional information), please send Laureen an email, and she’ll get the process going.

Please note that the process has a couple of steps: First, our wedding coordinator, Laureen Mesa will work with you on wedding details. And second, she’ll help you prepare an appointment with the Pastor to address any Ecclesial matters related to your wedding, and to get everything approved and scheduled.

Thank you for considering celebrating your marriage at Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church.

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia

That Christian marriage (i.e. marriage between baptized persons) is really a sacrament of the New Law in the strict sense of the word is for all Catholics an indubitable truth. According to the Council of Trent this dogma has always been taught by the Church, and is thus defined in canon i, Sess. XXIV: "If any one shall say that matrimony is not truly and properly one of the Seven Sacraments of the Evangelical Law, instituted by Christ our Lord, but was invented in the Church bymen, and does not confer grace, let him be anathema." The occasion of this solemn declaration was the denial by the so-called Reformers of the sacramental character of marriage. Calvin in his "Institutions", IV, xix, 34, says: "Lastly, there is matrimony, which all admit was instituted by God, though no one before the time of Gregory regarded it as a sacrament. What man in his sober senses could so regard it? God's ordinance is good and holy; so also are agriculture, architecture, shoemaking, hair-cutting legitimate ordinances of God, but they are not sacraments". And Luther speaks in terms equally vigorous. In his German work, published at Wittenberg in 1530 under the title "Von den Ehesachen", he writes (p. 1): "No one indeed can deny that marriage is an external worldly thing, like clothes and food, house and home, subject to worldly authority, as shown by so many imperial laws governing it." In an earlier work (the original edition of "De captivitate Babylonica") he writes: "Not only is the sacramental character of matrimony without foundation in Scripture; but the very traditions, which claim such sacredness for it, are a mere jest"; and two pages further on: "Marriage may therefore be a figure of Christ and the Church; it is, however, no Divinely instituted sacrament, but the invention of men in the Church, arising from ignorance of the subject." The Fathers of the Council of Trent evidently had the latter passage in mind.