Congratulations on your decision to get married in the Catholic Church!

The marriage preparation process is designed to guide engaged couples towards a sacramental marriage celebration and provide essential tools to live out this lifelong covenant. The Catholic Church believes that Christian Marriage is a sacred covenant, entered into by a man and a woman, who commit themselves to each other, through Christ, for a partnership of life and love.

Couples are asked to be active parishioners prior to the beginning of the preparation process. If not registered in the parish, this is a good time to do so.

Our Church desires that couples enter into marriage with the highest degree of freedom and knowledge about the vows they will exchange before God and humanity. Prior to setting the date for the wedding, the priest or his delegate will meet with the couple and determine their freedom to marry according to Canon Law.

The first step is a meeting with the parish priest or pastoral minister to begin the wedding planning and preparation for married life. This should take place between six to twelve
months prior the anticipated wedding date and before any arrangements are made or a wedding date is set. During this interview, the pastoral minister will provide an explanation of
the Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation.

Following the initial visits with the priest or pastoral minister, the wedding date will be set and put on the church calendar.

The priest or his delegate will then direct the couple:
(a) To Pre-Cana or the Engaged Encounter;
(b) Through the specific marriage preparation program (Fully Engaged);
(c) And through all necessary paperwork.

Meetings with the church musician and the wedding coordinator may also be scheduled after the wedding date is established.

For more information about celebrating the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, please contact Luis Nieves, 386-767-6111,

Resources for Engaged Couples:
Getting Married Catholic
Frequently Asked Questions by Engaged Couples