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The Sacrament of Matrimony at Saint Timothy's Catholic Church

"More than any other human relationship, that of husband and wife most clearly reflects the unity and fruitful love which exists between Christ and his Church."

                                                                                                Ephesians 5:32

Congratulations on your engagement!

At Saint Timothy’s Catholic Church we take seriously the Sacrament of Matrimony and strive to offer an in-depth marriage formation in order to provide a solid foundation with which to begin your lifelong partnership.

 

Due to the nature of our formation process, we require that either the bride or groom or both has been an active, registered parishioner who regularly attends Sunday Mass for at least 3 months before beginning our marriage formation process.

If you would like to get married at Saint Timothy's, and the bride and groom are not canonical members of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and parishioners of Saint Timothy's Catholic Church, permission from the proper pastor of either the bride or groom to marry outside their parish must be obtained in writing.

 

Additionally, Establish Freedom to Marry (Phase I) and Marriage  Formation (Phase II) must be completed in your home parish. We require a letter from your pastor stating that you have completed your parish marriage formation and copies of all documents must be submitted to Parochial Offices at least one month prior to the wedding date and regular progress updates must be given to Father Armando with your marriage formation being completed at least one month prior to the wedding date.

 

You will complete Wedding Day Plans (Phase III) with Father Armando .

Wedding Photography

The Phases

Phase One

9-12 Months Prior to the Wedding

  • Complete the online Preliminary Wedding Information Form, which can be found here. Following the completion of the form, Father Armando or his representative will reach out to schedule a time for the Prenuptial Interview.

  • An interview will be conducted with Father Armando to establish Canonical Freedom to Marry.

    • To establish your freedom to marry, the following documents and tasks must be obtained, completed, and submitted by the bride and groom.

      • Baptismal Certificate (must be issued by the church of baptism within the last six months)

      • Birth Certificates of both parties

      • Prenuptial Interview

      • Affidavits of Freedom to Marry

      • Permission/Dispensation (if necessary)

Confirmation of Wedding Date following completion of Phase I

Phase II - Marriage Formation

9-12 Months Prior to the Wedding

Phase II - Immediate Marriage Formation (9-12 months prior to wedding)

 

We strive to offer an in-depth marriage formation in order to provide a solid foundation with which to begin your lifelong partnership. Following the completion of Phase I, our mentor couple will reach out to schedule out the preparation sessions, which are done in person at the Parochial Offices.

 

The Catholic Church supports the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) because we respect God's design for married love. In fact, NFP represents the only authentic and organic approach to family planning available to husbands and wives because these methods can be used to both attempt or avoid pregnancy.  Couples are required to complete NFP training prior to marriage. Opportunities to do that in person and online will be offered during this stage.

 

Phase III -

Wedding Day Planning

4-6 Months prior to the Wedding

During Phase III, you will meet with our Pastoral Associate of Sacred Music who will guide you through choosing Scripture readings, and Hymns. You will then meet with Father Armando to discuss the wedding rehearsal and reception details, and the liturgy itself. 

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