Office of Marriage and Family Life

"Christian marriage, as a reflection of the union between Christ and his Church, is fully realized
in the union between a man and a woman who 
give themselves to each other in a free, faithful
and exclusive love, 
who belong to each other until death and are open to
the transmission of life, 
and are consecrated by the sacrament, which
grants them the grace to become a domestic church and a leaven
of new life for society."

~ Pope Francis

In Gaudium et Spes, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council call marriage a "community of life and love" and tell us that "God himself is the author of marriage." Thus a man and a woman, when they marry, enter into a covenant with each other and with God; giving their lives to each other in order to form this community.

Pope Paul VI then goes on to say that the purpose of this community is the generation and education of children. The Catholic home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason, the family home is rightly called "the domestic church," a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.


Exciting news!  On April 22, 2019, Bishop Vasa promulgated ("made public") the newly updated Marriage Preparation Policy for the Diocese of Santa Rosa. The Marriage and Family Life Office had been directed by Bishop Vasa to develop an updated Marriage Preparation Policy to help guide engaged couples as they prepare for the joy and beauty of the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church. The updated policy contains some exciting new components and tools to aid in the formation of engaged couples.

Although the updated policy was signed and made public on April 22, 2019, the fully implemented effective date was January 1, 2020


Click here to read Bishop Vasa's "Decree" of the updated Marriage Preparation Policy.

Click here to read the entire updated Marriage Preparation Policy    

Please go to the Marriage Preparation page for more information on the marriage preparation process.

If you have any questions, please contact the Marriage and Family Life Office at:                  (707) 566-3305   or



Office of Marriage and Family Life

Deacon Dave and Carlin Gould

Family Life Office
(707) 566-3305





"The welfare fo the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church." ~ Amoris Laetitia, 31