“We want to get married. What is the first step?”
- Call your parish priest to set up a meeting — before you set a date.
- Notify your pastor one year in advance of the anticipated wedding date.
- There is a lot of paperwork to be completed and legwork to be done. It can be a painless trek if you understand the requirements of the Catholic Church, as well as those of your pastor and parish.
Unlike the common, everyday civil marriage, the aspect of covenant and sacrament will play a key role. A covenant is a serious and permanent commitment, and there are programs in place to help you and your intended spouse begin to learn about “what it takes” to be married. Meetings with your pastor are required to discuss the various aspects of your wedding ceremony.