The Catholic Church believes and teaches that marriage is a sacrament, a symbol of the love of Jesus Christ for his people, the Church. As a sacrament, marriage is also a covenant by which a man and a woman establish a partnership of the whole of life. Marriage is also ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. It is meant to be a life-long commitment, until death. Catholic parishes have the responsibility of assisting couples to understand and to prepare for the responsibilities of the sacrament of marriage. With that in mind, we offer the following information and guidelines.
Where do we start?
Go to the Parish Center and make an appointment with one of our three Priest. You can learn more about our Priest by clicking here. The priest you make your appointment with is the Priest that will preside in your wedding.
Do we have to attend a retreat?
The Archdiocese requires all couples to attend a marriage preparation retreat to help them form a healthy marriage, learn more about each other, and important tips that each relationship needs to build a successful marriage. If you are still dating, you will need to attend an Engaged retreat. If you are already civilly married (or living together), you can attend the parish process of Convalidation (Spanish only) or a weekend for a renewal of Marriage Encounter
When should we submit the documents?
Generally, all documents are presented to the Priest who will prepare you for marriage during the first months.
When can we reserve the date?
Each couple is unique, with different hopes and needs. The marriage process lasts at least six months. After the third interview, the priest will authorize you to reserve a date. A wedding lasts an hour, but marriage is for life; therefor, we are dedicated to your marriage preparation with Christ.
What is the suggested donation for a wedding?
Lack of money should never impede you from not receiving the Sacrament of Marriage.
On Saturday $450.00.
Donations do not include music. For an additional donation of $150.00, the parish can provide music in English and / or Spanish through a Cantor and pianist. You are welcome to bring your own musicians as long as they respect the liturgical rules. There is a $50 bench fee for bringing outside musicians.
What if I am going to get married at another Parish?
We are happy to help prepare couples even if they want to get married in another Catholic Church. The wedding preparation is the same as stated above. St. Joseph Parish will send all required pre-nuptial documents to the Church where you plan to get married.
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