Marriage

Sacrament of Matrimony

Couples interested in getting married at St Agnes, please make an appointment with one of the priests or deacons at the parish office.

THE ENGAGED COUPLE SHALL:

  • Notify the Church of their intent to marry at least nine months prior to the preferred wedding date.
  • Take a communication survey approved by the Diocese as the first step in preparation.
  • Attend an introductory class in Natural Family Planning.
  • Acquire necessary documents as required by Canon and Civil law.
  • Comply with a mutually agreed upon schedule of appointments during the preparation time.
  • Enroll in and complete a marriage preparation program recommended by your marriage minister.
  • Collaborate with the priest, deacon, or other minister in preparing the liturgical celebration.

Seek counseling when:

Complete the preparation process with the same priest, deacon, or marriage minister.

  • One of the couple is under age 18
  • There is evidence of lack of maturity, compatibility or emotional stability
  • There is pregnancy involved or prior child birth
  • There is evidence of undue pressure to marry
  • A prior marriage is affecting expectations of the new relationship
  • There is an indication of current or past substanceabuse by one or both parties

Complete the preparation process with the same priest, deacon, or marriage minister.

Couples preparing for a validation of marriage are recommended to attend a Marriage Encounter upon recommendation of their marriage minister.

THE NINE MONTH PROCESS


The First Two Months:

  • Interview with priest, deacon, or marriage minister
  • Begin necessary pre-nuptial forms
  • Acquire Baptism certificates
  • FOCCUS Inventory & Review

The Next Five Months:

Final Two Months:

  • Liturgy planning
  • Music minister consultation
  • Meet with priest or deacon (presider)
  • Complete pre-nuptial forms
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Rehearsal

Celebration of Matrimony

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