Congratulations on your decision to embark on a journey as lifelong partners in union with God and the Catholic Community. This is the beginning of an exciting time for both of you and the Church. In taking the steps to be a Sacramental couple you are preparing for a life-time commitment to each other, God and the Church.
The Catholic concept of marriage involves much more than holding a wedding in a church. What makes a Catholic marriage is a personal relationship of life-giving love in which two people make the love of Christ present to each other and become a sign of that love of Christ to those around them.
Marriage preparation is to help you better understand the joys and challenges of living the Sacrament of Matrimony in your daily lives. Your decision to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony means:
You are freely coming to this union
You want more than a civil ceremony
You want God to be part of your relationship
We welcome inquiries if you wish to:
Prepare for first time marriage
Have your civil marriage recognized by the Church
Investigate a subsequent marriage in the event either or both of you have been previously married, widowed or had a prior marriage annulled
Couples participate in an assessment process with the Deacon designed to assist you and the Church evaluate your readiness for marriage. Steps in the assessment process include:
Initial interview with the Deacon to gather essential information.
Completion of an inventory to help facilitate a dialogue to tailor marriage preparation to your specific strengths and weaknesses.
Engaged Encounter weekend retreat which begins on a Friday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. Topics covered include the Sacrament of Matrimony, communication skills, finances, married intimacy, sexuality, family and their role in the Church and society.
Natural Family Planning sessions to prepare you for marriage oriented toward a shared Christ centered life. Content includes the sacramental aspects of marriage and sexuality to provide life skills needed throughout marriage.
Documents that you will be asked to provide include:
Baptismal Certificates issued within the last six months. If one of you is not Catholic, a similar document is to be provided to help determine whether a permission or dispensation is required.
If you wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony at St Rose but reside in another parish, your marriage preparation is normally completed in your home parish. A wedding date can be established at St Rose once the Pastor at your home parish provides a letter of permission.