Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for considering St. Anthony of Padua for your wedding. The guidelines that follow will help you as you prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage and for your special day.
A wedding can be scheduled at St. Anthony of Padua Church for a territorial or affiliated parishioner.
Helpful Information for Engaged Couples
- A territorial parishioner currently lives within the boundaries of St. Anthony of Padua Church or St. Agnes Mission.
- An affiliated parishioner has chosen to be part of our faith community by officially registering in the parish and actively taking part in the life of this faith community for six months prior to scheduling their wedding. Active participation can be demonstrated through regular contributions made to St. Anthony of Padua Church or St. Agnes Mission through the use of envelopes or personal checks. Participation can also include active participation in one of our parish outreach ministries.
- Both of you should read the Marriage Guidelines – Printable Booklet, which is available on this website.
- Begin securing the required documents.
- Each Catholic party will need to request an updated baptismal certificate from your church of Baptism; (the original certificate that was issued at your baptism is not acceptable). When requesting this certificate, please state “with notations”.
- You will also need your First Communion and Confirmation certificates.
- Contact the marriage coordinator to determine if the wedding date you desire is available. Arrangements for a wedding must be done a minimum of 6 months in advance of the desired date.
- Schedule the initial appointment with the marriage coordinator to book your wedding and begin the preparation process.
- At this meeting you will need to do the following to secure a date:
- Present the required documents
- Provide the marriage offering
- At the initial meeting you will also schedule the time for your rehearsal, discuss ceremony details, complete the required paperwork, and begin the preparation process for your marriage.
- You will need to review the results of the FOCCUS assessment. The marriage coordinator will provide you the information for this appointment.
- You are required to complete an approved formal marriage preparation program at least 2 months before your wedding. The approved preparation options will be discussed with you at the initial appointment.
- Complete a final appointment with the marriage coordinator and priest (or deacon) that will be officiating at your wedding. This meeting should be scheduled with the marriage coordinator three months before your wedding date.
- Please read the convalidation guidelines that are available on this website.
- Contact the marriage coordinator to begin the preparation process.