Congratulations! We congratulate you on this momentous decision. Marriage is an incredibly important event in a person’s life. God blesses your love for one another. He wants you to be happy and live a fulfilling life together.
We have prepared this guide to help you navigate the arrangements connected with a Catholic wedding. First, you will make an appointment with our Priest/Deacon. He will explain the marriage preparation process and the necessary paperwork. During this meeting, the Priest/Deacon will ask whether either of you has been previously married. If either of you has been divorced, you will need to apply for an Annulment before proceeding any further. Talk this over with the Priest/Deacon. If both people are free to marry, you next complete a pre-marriage compatibility FOCCUS questionnaire, which takes about ten days to process. The Priest/Deacon will review the results with you.
Catholic TraditionThe Catholic Church wants its members to marry within the faith. Normally, the priest is the official presider at Catholic weddings. If there are extenuating circumstances, a couple may request a dispensation. Catholics are required to marry a person of the opposite sex. The Catholic Church does not perform same sex marriages. Catholic theology teaches that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Both of you must be practicing Catholics: registered in a parish and attending Mass regularly. The Parish Office maintains a roster of all registered parishioners. The Santa Fe Archdiocese uses the contribution envelope system to verify regular Mass attendance. All parishioners are required to use collection envelopes.
Setting the Wedding Date:
Once you’ve met with the Priest/Deacon, contact the Parish Office to arrange your wedding date. At St. Charles, weddings are performed at 10:00 am on Saturdays. Once the date is set, invite family and friends to celebrate this wonderful occasion! Weddings are not usually celebrated during Advent and Lent. These seasons are preparatory times for Christmas and Easter.
Married life is an adjustment. The Church wants to prepare couples with insights into some of the challenges of marriage. Therefore, couples are required to attend a Marriage Encounter Weekend, Pre-Cana Class, or Archdiocesan Sponsor Program. Contact the Parish Office to obtain information concerning these programs.
In addition to the ceremony itself, there are a variety of items to be considered.