Marriage Ministry


Marriage is an intimate community of life and love, established by the Creator and endowed by Him with its own proper laws. God, Himself, is the author of marriage. The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the Hand of the Creator. Marriage is not purely a human institution. The marriage covenant is a relationship between husband and wife, a permanent union of persons, capable of knowing and loving each other and God.

Download: Love and Life in the Divine Plan (PDF)


Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. Dioceses and parishes offer marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.

Marriage Preparation Courses under the Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago

For more details, please email

  Marriage Preparation Course (Pre-Cana) dates:
  •      December 1st - 3rd, 2023 in New York

    For more details, please contact:
    Fr. John Melapuram: (215) 808-4052
    Fr. Johnsty Thachara: (630) 202-2989
    Mr. Boban (631) 553-6617

  •      December 15th - 17th in Houston.

    For more details, please contact:
    Fr. John Melapuram: (215) 808-4052
    Fr. Johnykutty Pulissery (916) 803-5307
    Mr. Tomy Arackal (713) 398-0567

Marriage preparation requires a minimum of 6 months. Both parties must be free to marry in Catholic Church. Please contact Vicar to begin this process.

  • Contact:
         Fr. James Nirappel, Vicar (
         Kurian Joseph, 214-507-9892 (
         Nancy Kurian, 214-404-4659 (

Prayer in Defense of Marriage

God our Father, we give you thanks
for the gift of marriage: the bond of life and love,
and the font of the family.

The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children,
fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service,
and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, for his Church.

The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at the
request of the Blessed Mother. May your Son,
through the intercession of Mary, pour out upon us
a new measure of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
as we join with all people of good will
to promote and protect the unique beauty of marriage.

May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society
to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife,
and guide our leaders to sustain and protect
the singular place of mothers and fathers
in the lives of their children.

Father, we ask that our prayers
be joined to those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of marriage.
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.