Why be married in a Catholic Church?
The Catholic Church esteems marriage as sacred – one of the seven sacraments of the continual presence of Christ among us. Saint Paul says the union of husband and wife is a sign of the union of Christ and the Church. When the couple professes their vows, they vow to love each other “as Christ loved the Church” (Ephesians 5:25) – freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully.
Marriage holds a unique position as the one sacrament in which it is not the priest who administers the Sacrament. Rather, the couple mutually administers the Sacrament while the priest witnesses on behalf of the Church, calling God’s blessing upon their marriage.
In witnessing your marriage, our parish community desires to uphold and support you faithfully for the rest of your lives as you grow together in God who is Love. We undertake this work with you as you begin preparing to live the Sacrament of Marriage, and we believe our marriage preparation program reflects our commitment to help you to live your vocation to the married life.
What steps do I need to complete before meeting with a priest or deacon?
The marriage preparation process includes the following components:
- Attendance at a Marriage Preparation Session
- Read the Celebrating Your Marriage at St Matthew and complete and return the Wedding Celebration Agreement
- Meet 3-4 times with a mentor couple from the parish, set up by the wedding coordinator
- Attend an Engaged Encounter Weekend
- Attend Natural Family Planning sessions
Once you have registered for a Marriage Preparation Session, returned the Wedding Celebration Agreement and paid the deposit ($100.00 for parishioners; $1100.00 for non-parishioners/inactive Catholics) you may contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to meet with a clergy. Visit Fees and Stipends for a complete list of fees and stipends.
Now that I have met with a priest or deacon, how do I plan my wedding day?
The following documents outline the expectations of the florist, photographer, videographer and a visiting clergy and will need to be reviewed, signed and returned to email@example.com:
Preparing Your Wedding Liturgy has all the information to prepare for your wedding liturgy, including information on the Scripture readings, music, and sample wedding programs.