About the Parish for your Wedding
Congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for requesting information about celebrating the sacrament of Matrimony in the Catholic Church. Here is a response to a question that we receive often enough to require some further clarification. It concerns the parish where the wedding is to take place.
As indicated in the Wedding Information link on our parish website, we celebrate wedding liturgies at our church for our regular parishioners and for their immediate family members, in accord with church law. This has been a long-standing wedding protocol at Catholic parishes for many centuries.
If you are not a member of a parish, we encourage you to join your local parish community. That way, you can celebrate the sacrament of Matrimony at the church where you are personally involved as an active member, and where you regularly go to worship each week, as your spiritual home.
What does it mean to be an active parishioner? It means that you attend Mass there each week, participate in various parish activities, and are on your parish’s mailing list. It takes some time, depending on each parish, to establish yourself as a regular parishioner before you can set a wedding date.
For more information about Catholic Weddings, please consult www.ForYourMarriage.org. The sacrament of Matrimony is an important part of a Catholic Christian lifestyle. May God’s blessings be upon you as you prepare to be married in the Lord and to start your new family life together!
For information about being a Catholic Christian, please check out CatholicsComeHome.org. For information about joining our parish community as a regular and active member, please click here. For information about the parish closest to where you live, please click here. God bless you!