The Letter to the Ephesians says that this union is a symbol of the relationship between Christ and the Church.
Do Catholics ever validly enter into non-sacramental marriages? Marriages between Catholics and non-Christians, while they may still be valid in the eyes of the Church, are non-sacramental.
The Old Testament prophets saw the marriage of a man and woman as a symbol of the covenant relationship between God and his people.
The non-Catholic spouse does not have to promise to have the children raised Catholic.
The Catholic spouse must promise to do all that he or she can to have the children baptized and raised in the Catholic faith.
If the situation warrants it and the local bishop gives permission, a Nuptial Mass may be celebrated for a marriage between a Catholic and a baptized person who is not a Catholic, except that Communion is not given to the non-Catholic since the general law of the church does not allow it.
In such instances, it is better to use the appropriate ritual for marriage outside Mass.
Dioceses often regulate the stipend, or offering to the church, that is customary on the occasion of a wedding.
Depending on different areas, this might also include the fee for the organist and vocalist.
What is a Nuptial Mass and when can a couple have one?
A Nuptial Mass is a Mass which includes the celebration of the sacrament of marriage.
Exceptions to the last requirement must be approved by church authority.