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In the act of giving themselves to each other and accpeting each other in marriage, the couple are joined by a bond that should never be broken. When both parties are baptized the marriage is a sacrament which no power on earth can divide. Because of the porfound effects and value of marriage the church requests that a couple begin their preparation at least six months prior to the date of the wedding. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have provided a website with more information on Marriage in the Catholic Church.
Marriage preparation begins with an intial meeting with the priest or deacon. After the initial meeing, the couple is asked to attend either an Engaged Encounter reatreat or a series of Christian Marriage Formation classes. They will also begin to work wtih o p Fr. Wayne to plan the details of the wedding ceremony and rehersal.
The Cathoilc parties will need to aquire a new copy of your baptismal certificate. When you contact the church of your baptism, inform them you are preparing to marry. They will know what to send.
If either party has been preeviously married, this marriage must be comepletely resolved before a date can be set for the wedding. .
For Parishioners, there is no fee for the use of the church, since as members of the parish we assume that you contribute regularly to the ministry of the parish, and we thank you for that contribution. We request only a donation of $300 which helps defray some of the costs to the parish and incudes the services of the wedding coordinator.
For non-Parishioners, in addition to the $300 dollars above, we ask for an additional donation of $300, which helps to maintain our church.
If you have read all of the above , and are interested in setting up an appointment to begin the process, please take a moment to complete and submit the intial questionaire.
We reccomend the purchase of this book to help you plan your wedding.