The family remains the basic unit of society and the first school in which children learn the human, spiritual and moral values which enable them to be a beacon of goodness, integrity and justice in our communities.” ~ Pope Francis

Engaged Couples

If you are engaged or plan to be soon, congratulations!

Preparation for the celebration of Matrimony and formation for married life is an exciting, albeit busy, time. With no shortage of things to arrange, the bigger picture of God’s plan for your marriage may be obscured amidst the shuffle. We’ve provided the resources below to help guard against that tendency. Need a “How to” guide for getting married in the Catholic Church? We’ve got you covered!

Whether the wedding is a year or a week from now, this information will help you make the most of the time you have. So, slowly, prayerfully consider the following content with your future spouse – you won’t regret it – and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions that may arise.


Holy Matrimony is a sacrament that expresses the unbreakable bond between Christ and his people. 

If you are a parishioner living in the Archdiocese of Toronto and are interested in getting married at St. James Parish, initial interview should be one year prior to your desired wedding date. To begin the process, please contact the parish office.
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Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning is just what it sounds like: a 100% natural way for spouses to plan the size of their family. It is an extremely effective method for achieving, or temporarily avoiding, pregnancy, depending on the couple’s situation and intent.

It’s not something added superficially to the relationship. Rather, Natural Family Planning is simply a means for couples to further embrace the God-given gift of fertility they already enjoy within the context of the Sacrament of Matrimony.


Nine Reasons to Say Yes to Natural Family Planning

  1. It's effective. NFP is as effective to avoid pregnancy as any other method of family planning, including the birth control pill when taught and used correctly.

  2. Enhances a couple’s relationship.

  3. Respects Life from the moment of conception.

  4. It's more than a birth control method. NFP can be effective with assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, miscarriage, ovarian cysts and PMS.

  5. More effective to achieve pregnancy than artificial reproductive technologies, including IVF, for couples experiencing infertility.

  6. Inexpensive.

  7. An investment in your future because they can be used during the your entire procreative life, to plan or avoid pregnancy, coming off of hormonal contraception, breastfeeding, post-partum, Perimenopause or any other situation.

  8. A valuable gynecological and health record because of the daily tracking of signs of fertility.

  9. A healthy alternative for health-conscious couples

Have you heard about the new Women’s Wellness and Fertility Care Center at Catholic Medical Center

The WWFCC is a full spectrum OBGYN practice that also specializes in Natural Procreative Technology and support for women and their families in their practice of natural family planning. Hear from Dr. Sarah Bascle in the video above as she explains the state of the art care offered at the WWFCC!