Matrimony

In the Catholic Church, marriage is a sacrament. Because of that, we have certain traditions and guidelines which surround the wedding ceremony. This article will introduce you to some of these and also tell you how to get more information.

 

First thing to note:
Weddings must be planned at least 6 months in advance. There is preparation to go through prior to being married in the Church.

Who can get married at St. Mary’s?
First, either the bride or groom-to-be should be Catholic. Additionally, either the bride or groom-to-be (or their family) should be registered, practicing members of St. Mary’s for at least six months.
Also, couples need to be “free to marry” in the Catholic Church. If either the bride or groom-to-be has been married before, an annulment through the Church would need to be granted. This applies even if the person who was married before is not Catholic. No wedding date can be finalized until the annulment is completed.

What steps should I take to be married at St. Mary’s?
First, we ask that you stop by the parish office and speak with Teresa Middlemiss, she will begin some initial paperwork with you. The forms will then be given to Father Cit.
When you are speaking with Teresa, you can talk about some possible dates. She will run these dates by Father Cit and a date may be set.

When do weddings usually happen at St. Mary’s?
Weddings are celebrated on Saturday’s usually at 10am or 1PM.

Once our date is on the calendar, what should we do next?
At this point, we ask you to do two things. The first is to work with Teresa Middlemiss to coordinate who will continue to your paperwork and your marriage preparation. You can contact Teresa at 541-926-1449  or stmarysoffice_albany@comcast.net.

The second thing we ask you to do is to connect with our wedding coordinator (Teresa will tell you who will be the coordinator for your wedding). The coordinator will meet with you and go over some of our policies regarding pictures, decorations, music and the ceremony in general. We ask that you not make any decisions in these areas until you have visited with our coordinator.
The coordinator will help guide you through making your wedding arrangements. She will also schedule your rehearsal time and will be there during your rehearsal and on your wedding day.

You will also need to arrange a meeting with the celebrant. He looks forward to visiting with each couple so that he can make your wedding ceremony special for you.

What is involved in marriage preparation at St. Mary’s?
Once you are assigned a wedding prep sponsor or sponsor couple, that person or couple will arrange a time for you to come in to take the FOCCUS. This is a pre-martial inventory. You should allow 2 – 3 hours for this first session.
Then, you will set up more times to meet. They will usually meet with you three or four times for about two or three hours each time.
We may also ask that couples attend an engaged couples weekend or seminars dealing with marital topics, which may be hosted at our parish, or in the vicinity.
Finally, we may ask that you meet with the sponsor after the weekend.
We know that sounds like a lot, but we are really committed to helping couples have strong, healthy and lasting marriages.

What are the fees for getting married at St. Mary’s?
The basic fee is $400 for parishioners. This includes your wedding coordinator and all the administrative costs. It does not include the costs for the pianist or the vocalist or choir. The wedding coordinator will speak with you about fees for musicians and other gratuities.
If you are a non-parishioner who is getting married at St. Mary’s, the cost is $550.

Can we have an outdoor wedding?
It is the policy of our parish that weddings must be held in the church. This is consistent with the overall policy of the Archdiocese.

Names to remember
Father Aniceto Guiriba III, Pastor                               541-926-1449
Teresa Middlemiss, Marriage Prep Coordinator                   541-926-1449 ext 338             stmaryoffice_albany@comcast.net

Can we have our reception at St. Mary’s?
You are most welcome to have your reception at St. Mary’s. In general, receptions need to be finished by 3:00 PM because of our Saturday evening Mass and confessions. Because of the 3:00 PM timeline, this usually works best for a simple reception like with cake and punch. No alcohol is permitted on St. Mary’s premises. Joni Siewell, our Business Manager, will be able to provide you with information about fees and insurance requirements 541-926-1449 ext 305.