"'The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.'"
From Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1601, Retrieved from http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c3a7.htm
What must I do to receive the sacrament?
To receive the sacrament, a coupe must go through a preparation program. Please contact the parish office at least nine months before the intended date of the wedding in order to receive more information.
How can I learn more about the sacrament?
The following links provide more information about the sacraments.
The Sacrament of Marriage by Augustinus Lehmkuhl in The Catholic Encyclopedia via New Advent