The Sacrament of Matrimony (CCC, 1601)
“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”.
Congratulations on your engagement! Our parish staff is most happy to assist you as you prepare for Christian Marriage. Please read these guidelines, they contain answers to your most frequently asked questions.
The couple must come in and talk to the Priest at least 6 months prior to the wedding day.
The couple must bring:
- Baptism Certificate (updated – must be issued within 6 months from the date of Marriage Ceremony)
- Confirmation Certificate
These certificates must be dated no more then 6 months before the date of the wedding. Please include a copy of the address of the Church of Baptism.
The bride and groom need to bring 2 witness (in most cases).
The couple needs to attend a Pre-Cana class and bring proof of class attendance. When you come in and talk to the Priest, you will be given information about Pre-Cana classes and where to go.
The couple needs to obtain a Marriage License, at least 2 weeks, but not more than 60 days, before the wedding, and give it to the Priest. When you go to City Hall or the court house to get your Marriage License, don’t tell them you wanted to get married, instead, tell them you want to get a Marriage License.
When you get married in the Church, the Priest will act as both Priest and Judge.
DATES AND TIMES
No date or time for a wedding should be considered firm until that date has been discussed and agreed upon with the piest. Generally, weddings may be celebrated on Saturdays at 12:00 pm and 2:00pm. Weddings are not celebrated during the season of Lent or during the Easter Triduum, and may be restricted at other times of the year. A date and time for rehearsal should also be scheduled with the parish priest and parish office.
PLANNING THE CEREMONY
The priest you are working with will assist you in planning your wedding liturgy. Your wedding must follow the directives and norms of the Catholic Church, though you will have some options to personalize your wedding celebration. The priest will give you options for Scripture readings and Petitions, as well as instructions for readers, gift bearers, and Ministers of Holy Communion.
If both bride and groom are Catholic, it is most appropriate to celebrate your marriage within the context of the Eucharist. If one of the parties is of another Christian faith, it may be more appropriate to celebrate the wedding ceremony outside the Eucharist, that is, within the context of the Liturgy of the Word, which would enable all guests to fully participate. If either the bride or groom is not baptized, the wedding ceremony outside the Eucharist is the only option.
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