Steps for preparation
The date for your wedding will be set after the priest receives your Information form and completes the "Prenuptial" questionnaire with you. The Church Secretary will contact you to set the date for your marriage. Do not select the date for the wedding venue until the wedding day is set.
The Couple information form must be filled out and sent to St. Mary's via submitting the form before any dates are set.
To begin preparations you will first meet with the pastor after we receive the information form to discuss the process of receiving the Sacrament of Marriage.
You will need to obtain an updated Baptism Certificate from the church where you were baptized. All additional sacraments received must be listed on the back of the Baptism Certificate even if they were received in a different parish.
If one of you is not Catholic – please obtain a baptismal certificate or letter of Baptism from your home church.
If you, your parents or grandparents are members of St. Mary’s, the marriage fee is $350.
For non-parishioners who are coming here for the beauty of our historical Church, the marriage fee is $2,500.
The separate Church deposit is $200. The deposit holds the church date for you. The rental deposit will be refunded to the Wedding Couple two weeks after the Wedding Ceremony, if all the wedding items have been removed that were brought in, such as: programs, flower petals, pew attachments, etc.
If you live within the boundaries of St. Mary’s parish, you have the option of being prepared here. Or if you work or reside in the boundaries of another parish you have the option of being prepared there.
As part of your marriage preparation you will need to take an Engage Encounter weekend retreat and a natural family planning class. Sometimes the NFP class is offered as part of the retreat. These are offered at different parishes in the Diocese but not here in St. Mary’s. If you need assistance in locating these classes we will be glad to help. We urge you to register for these classes soon as they tend to fill quickly.
To learn more about NFP please Visit here..
To learn more about Engage Encounter and to locate the weekend dates please Visit Here.
Congratulations on your engagement!
We want to make this process as smooth as possible for you both so please let us know if we can help you with anything.