Marriage is a sacrament whose meaning and strength seems to be in decline.  For us as Catholics, marriage is not simply a contract made for as long as the couple get along.  It is a covenant that is meant to be a lifelong relationship based on commitment and love.  It is to be taking seriously.  So, preparation should begin early.  As soon as you know you will be getting married we ask you to call the parish office (at least six months in advance) at 607-273-6121 to schedule a date and begin the preparation process.