Please contact your pastor or the priest of the church where you want to get married before setting your date or reserving your hall. You should do this at least 6-9 months before you want to get married.
Here are our PARISH AND DIOCESAN POLICIES FOR MARRIAGE. They explain Catholic teaching regarding marriage and outline both diocesan and parish requirements with a listing of parish wedding fees.
When choosing a life partner, you want to choose someone who has the same life goals as you. If you desire happiness in your marriage, then you should even more desire that this happiness continue into the next life, which is eternal. The most important life goal one can have therefore in marriage, is attaining Heaven together with your spouse and your children. Since the raising of children in the Faith will be one of your primary responsibilities, you want to choose someone who will be able to help you in this task.
In 1 Corinthians 7:39, St Paul says that when Christians marry, they should to be married “in the Lord.“ Catholics have always understood this to mean being married according to the laws of the Catholic Church concerning marriage. These laws are based on the commands of Christ and the teaching of Sacred Scripture. Acts 15:20 & 29 warns against “unlawful marriage” (NAB). Our diocese has a webpage dedicated to those who are Getting Ready for Marriage,which outlines diocesan requirements. If your situation makes it difficult to meet these requirements, be assured that Father will work with you in this regard. Special considerations must be made when Catholics wish to marry an unbaptized person.
Here are some other articles you may wish to read:
- Printable Brochure listing marriage preparation course options with dates and fees.
- Getting Married “In the Lord”
- Days on which you cannot pick all of your own readings for a Wedding Mass
- How do you know someone loves you?
- Living Together: Questions and Answers Regarding Cohabitation and the Church’s Moral Teaching
- What does the Bible say about Sex before Marriage?
- Married Love and Life
- Natural Family Planning vs. Artificial Contraception
- The Challenge of Infertility
- Special Considerations for when a Catholic desires to marry someone who is not baptized
- Marriage Resources
- Family Resources
- What about those who have Homosexual (same sex) attractions?
Catholics who get married in a manner contrary to the laws of the Catholic Church, separate themselves from the sacramental life of the Church. They are urged to contact Father as soon as possible to rectify this situation, so that they can once again be in full communion with the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments.