By marriage, Christ Jesus joins a man and a woman in a life-giving and permanent union. The Sacrament of Marriage is a sign of Christ's presence in the world, designed to help all people reach a closer union with God. Marriage calls the couple to be a sign of Christ's love for and fidelity to the Church. This sacrament brings the couple to enter into a faithful and loving covenant with God and one another.
Couples must be at least eighteen years of age and six months out of high school before marriage preparation can begin.
The couple should register a minimum of six months prior to when they think they might want to schedule their wedding.
This is a general introduction to marriage preparation and wedding planning at St. Luke. We will look at an overview of the process, requirments, possible timelines, etc.
After the couple attends the Orientation Session, the Parish Office will e-mail them instructions, along with a code, to take the online inventory. The couple will (in step 5) go over this evaulation tool with their preparing clergyman to help them better understand their strengths and weaknesses as a couple.
The couple will contact a priest or deacon and ask him if he would prepare them for marriage.
Couples may proceed with these two aspects (5A and 5B) simultaneously.
A) Classes: The couple will complete four classes (or their equivalent in couple-to-couple or retreat format), usually with the marriage preparation team.
B) Clergy Sessions: The couple will meet with their preparing clergyman for several sessions to go over the online inventory, establish freedom to marry, etc.
The clergyman will complete and sign a peach wedding reservation form for the Office of Worship.
The couple contacts the Director of the Office of Worship to set up the wedding ceremony.
The preparing clergy gives the Director of Adult Faith Formation a form notifying him that the couple has completed their preparation. The Director of Adult Faith Formation then prepares a certificate for the couple that grants them a discount on their marriage license.
The couple obtains their marriage license from the County Clerk. This will be signed at the wedding ceremony.
Congratulations! May your marriage be blessed with many more years of growth and blessings.