For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his
wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore what God has joined
together, no human being must separate. Mark 10:7-9
Marriage is the Sacrament by which a man and a woman form an
intimate communion of life and love. A sacramental
marriage always involves three parties, the bride, the groom and God.
Through this sacrament, God gives special graces to assist the couple as they
face the challenges of life.
Either a priest or a deacon may preside at a Catholic Wedding. The wedding must take place in a Church building. The bride or the groom should be a registered, practicing member of the parish, have received the sacrament of Confirmation, and both parties must be of legal age by Church and state law.
Couples desiring to be married in a Catholic wedding should notify our pastor (in person) of their intention to be married, six months prior to the desired wedding date. The pastor will explain the preparation process which includes an assessment to determine the couple’s readiness to enter into a sacramental marriage. They will be required to attend a program such as Pre-Cana or Engaged Encounter.
Planning for your wedding will include meetings with the priest, and also with both our parish music director and wedding coordinator. They will guide you as you plan all the details of the actual wedding ceremony. Scheduling a wedding is first come first served. A tentative date for the wedding can be scheduled and the church reserved, pending marriage preparation.
Interfaith weddings are possible, but require a greater preparation. In an Interfaith marriage, the Catholic party makes a marriage declaration and promise, to acknowledge an understanding of the sacramental nature of marriage. This includes a promise to being open to having children.
“I affirm my Faith in Jesus Christ, and with God’s help I intend to continue living that Faith in the Catholic Church. I promise to do all in my power to share the faith I have received with our children, by having them baptized and raised Catholic. We have discussed our religious beliefs and practices. We intend to be faithful to one another until death, and we intend a marriage which is permanent.”
If one or both of the parties are under the age of 19, an additional process for “teenage” marriages is required before approval can be given for a Catholic wedding.
For Those Who Live Outside Our Parish:
Those who seek a wedding here at St. Anthony’s, who live elsewhere, will need permission from their home pastor and diocese. They will also need to do the marriage preparation as described above. Nine to twelve months is recommended for this.
If either of the parties intending to be married has been previously married, no date can be set for the wedding. Please let our pastor know at your very first visit if any previous marriage bonds exist. He can advise and assist if an annulment is needed before your wedding can take place.
Parish Office 573-346-2716
God’s loving mercy extends to those whose marriages have failed. If you have questions about marriage issues; divorce and/or annulment, please call our Parish Office for an appointment with our pastor.