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Marriage

Wedding dates must be cleared with the pastor at least six months in advance according to the diocesan Marriage Preparation Guidelines.

Priests from other parishes are allowed to perform the wedding ceremony.

Many weddings in the Catholic Church are mixed marriages (two different faiths). The minister of the non-Catholic party is welcome to participate in the wedding ceremony. It is the responsibility of the non-Catholic to extend the invitation to his or her minister. Usually the priest and minister share responsibilities for the actual ceremony.

Stipend

A stipend is usually given to the priest performing the wedding. A couple usually gives a donation (stipend) to the priest, to show their appreciation for his help and guidance throughout the marriage preparation process and wedding ceremony.

Music

The couple is responsible for arranging their music; however, we do recommend using the parish organist when possible.

Candles

All candles must be inside a globe – except for the unity candle.

Flowers

All floral arrangements that are not going to be left for Sunday Mass must be removed from the sanctuary immediately after the wedding. Please let the office know if you plan on donating your flowers for the weekend Masses.