“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish a lifelong partnership between themselves, derives its force and strength from creation, but for the Christian faithful it is also raised up to a higher dignity, since it is numbered among the Sacraments of the new covenant.” ~The Order of Celebrating Matrimony #1
At least six months prior to the wedding date contact the Pastor to schedule and prepare for marriage. This is a diocesan policy allowing the couple sufficient time to complete marriage preparation. At least one of the couple must be Catholic.
Preparation consists of meetings with the Marriage Preparation Coordinator, the Director of Liturgy & Music, and the priest who will witness your marriage. In addition to these meetings, you will need to complete a couple communication evaluation through Dynamic Catholic as well as participate in an Engaged Encounter. This will be coordinated through the Marriage Preparation Coordinator.
Answers to questions concerning stipends, choosing a marriage rite within or outside of Mass can be found in our wedding brochure.
Can we have a unity candle? Secular rituals such as the sand ceremony and the lighting of the unity candle are more appropriate and would have more meaning to the couple at the wedding reception. The two essential elements of the wedding ritual are the consent of the spouses and the blessing and exchange of rings. Often the lighting of the unity candle distracts from the sacrament that you have just conferred on one another and appears to take priority over the words and the rings.
How many couples can we have in the bridal party? Any more than five couples besides the bride and groom can be a distraction as the wedding couple are the main ministers of the sacrament.
Can we ask younger relatives to be ringbearers or flower girls?
If you choose to have a flower girl and/or ring bearer, they must be at least five years old and have a clear understanding of the solemnity of their role.