Wedding

Celebrating Your Wedding

sacrament_picAt St. Margaret Mary Church

CONGRATULATIONS! You are engaged and considering marriage in the Catholic Church!

We are happy for you… 

These months before your wedding will almost certainly be filled with hectic planning, financial concerns, stress and crucial decisions. The community of Saint Margaret Mary wants to take the opportunity to assist you as you prepare for married life. Our Marriage Preparation Program is fairly demanding, but perhaps we can provide the kind of attention that would help you to continue to grow in your relationship with one another throughout your years of marriage.

Couples planning marriage must contact the Parish Office and review the guidelines. An Assessment Process is used to determine the amount of preparation time. An Engaged Encounter Weekend for preparation is a requirement as part of the preparation process.

No wedding dates will be established until the first or second meeting with the priest. Couples must be 19 years of age and begin the process at least six months to a year prior to the date they wish to married on. Couples must complete an information sheet in the Parish Office to begin the process and pick up an information brochure called: “A Guide for Your Wedding Preparation.” 

This can be picked in the Parish Office or from the Pamphlet Rack in Bethany Lobby or download the PDF here…

 

The Church has a rich tradition in its teaching on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.