The Sacrament of Matrimony: is established between a man and a woman who commit themselves to a perpetual, fruitful, and faith-filled life together. In doing so they are open to bringing life into the world, and raising their kids in the way of the Faith. In this Holy Union, the Church bears witness to the couple to support them in their relationship. Christ is at the center of the relationship, which the couple gives of themselves to one another, “two becoming one flesh.” In their spousal love, which is modeled after Christ’s love for the Church, a man and woman live through and with each other for the sake of Salvation. A priest witnesses to this marriage, and officiates the marriage on behalf of the State.
In order to be married in the Catholic Church, at least one part of the couple must be Catholic and the other must support them in their Faith. They must begin the marriage preparation process with a priest no less than 6 months in advance. 1) Couple inventory must be taken. 2) Marriage classes, aka Pre-Cana course. 3) Planning the Wedding ceremony. To be married at Immaculate Conception Parish, at least one of the parties must be a registered and active parishioner. Weddings at our parish may take place on Friday evenings, or Saturday’s no later than 1:30pm.
1) Two Catholics marrying are permitted and encouraged to have a Nuptial Mass.
2) A Catholic marrying a Christian or un-baptized may have a marriage ceremony without the full mass, so long as the Catholic party promises not to abandon the Faith and to see that the children will be raised in the ways of the Faith. A special dispensation will need to be attained from the Archbishop.
3) Any Catholic party seeking to be married in the Church must make sure that they have received all the Sacraments of Initiation prior to getting married: Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If you are missing any of these contact the Pastor prior to setting a wedding date.
4) If there are any prior marriages that have ended in Divorce and have not been annulled, for anyone Catholic and non-Catholic marrying a Catholic, need to first talk to the pastor prior to setting a marriage time. The annulment process will affect the desired date for the wedding. It is important that the prior marriage situation is evaluated by the pastor/priest since there are many different aspects to securing an annulment. No priest is permitted to witness a marriage if there are prior marriages that have not been annulled, whether the individuals were married within the Church or not.
5) All Catholic parties are asked to also receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation proximate to the Wedding day.
If you are wanting to get married at Immaculate Conception parish, you may call the rectory to get more information, reserve a time and set an appointment with the Pastor. Please call the rectory: 636-583-5144.