Marriage is "the matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 1601)
· Couples planning to be married, whether at St. Paul’s or elsewhere, must contact the priest at least one year in advance. Please call the parish office to set up a meeting with one of the priests. Marriage details will only be discussed with the bride and groom.
· At least one of the parties who wants to get married must be a Roman Catholic and a registered parishioner living within our parish boundaries. Catholics who attend another Catholic Parish may be married here with the permission and cooperation of their Parish Priest.
· No date for marriage will be confirmed by phone or email until the couple has met with one of the priests at St. Paul’s. Do not finalize a date with photographers, a venue, or other wedding services until you have confirmed a date with us.
· To help you reflect on various issues dealing with your life together, you are required to participate in a Marriage Preparation Course. At St. Paul's Parish, we offer one course each year at our parish. It is led by a married couple, and is held on Monday evenings for 6 weeks in February and March.
· Further details regarding marriage at St. Paul’s (eg. civil license, dates for the marriage preparation course, offering for the church, ect.) will be given at your meeting with the priest.
· If either the bride or the groom has been married before – in a civil or church ceremony – no date for marriage can be arranged. If this is your situation, please set up a meeting with one of the priests to discuss your situation and any options that are available.