Marriage Preparation

Preparing for Marriage

We are happy that you have chosen St. Charles Catholic Church for the celebration of your wedding.  We look forward to working with both of you as you plan your wedding day and prepare for your life together in marriage.

Making Initial Preparations

Setting the Date – Before setting the date for your wedding, we ask that you contact the pastor or priest 6 months in advance of your disired date to schedule your initial meeting.   We do require this six months “notice”.  The date will not be confirmed until you have had a meeting with the priest.  No plans are to be finalized until this meeting has taken place.  The priest will confirm the availability of the Church for your wedding ceremony and his availability to officiate.

Prior Marriages – If either person has been married before, there are additional issues to be resolved before setting a date for a Catholic ceremony.  This takes extra time.  Discussion with the priest must take place and be resolved before proceeding with wedding plans.

Officiating Priest or Deacon – You may choose any priest/deacon in the parish to officiate at your wedding.  We welcome priests and deacons from outside the parish to officiate at your wedding, however you must submit a request for approval for him to serve in our parish to the Archbishop (we can assist you in processing this request).  Approval must be obtained 90 days prior to the day of the wedding.

 Financial Responsibility – You financial contribution to the parish helps us with the work of the parish and the maintenance of the Church building.  The fee for St. Charles Catholic Church parishioners is $400.00.  This fee is for those who are registered members of the parish and who regularly support the parish financially through the use of weekly envelopes.  The fee for all others is $600.00.  All fees include a $100.00 refundable damage deposit.  Half of the amount should be paid at the time the priest/deacon confirms the date of the wedding.  The remainder should be paid one month before the wedding.  Make checks payable to St. Charles Catholic Church.  If you wish to give a personal gift to the priest/deacon, this is separate from the Church.

 Marriage Preparation Requirements:

 Meeting with the Priest/Deacon – The priest/deacon officiating at your wedding will schedule a number of meetings with you. These meeting will include discussions on Christian marriage based on our Catholic teachings, and completing the paperwork for the Church record and helping you plan the wedding ceremony.

Marriage Preparation Classes – Our marriage preparation program highlights “Matrimony as a vocation to love”.  This is a six week course – contact the parish office for meeting dates and times.

Most importantly at this time of your engagement, the Church welcomes you to this sacrament of Marriage in the spirit of Jesus who said:

“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends “.
(John 15:12-13)


Are you planning to get married in the Catholic Church?  Congratulations! 

Marriage Preparation Class – The next class begins on September 1, 2018  from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at St. Charles Parish and will end on October 6, 2018.  The fee for this class is $50.00 per couple.

This is a six week session  - the best way to get your marriage off on the right foot is to be an open and active participant in your marriage preparation process. During the course of the marriage preparation process, you will receive:

  • The Good News of God's love, to help you live your vocation of marriage.
  • Some basic principles of Catholic beliefs about marriage and family life.
  • Advice and practical assistance for your daily lives together.
  • The witness of married couples about how the sacrament of marriage is lived in their lives.

If you would like more information regarding this session, please feel welcome to contact the parish office at 360-757-0128.

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