The Order of Marriage

Weddings in our parishes ordinary take place on Friday evenings or Saturday morning or early afternoon to accommodate the weekend Mass schedule.

If you'd like to begin preparation for marriage, please arrange to meet with one of our priests at least six months prior to the proposed date of the wedding.

Remember, due to the nature of the discernment and preparation process, any date is considered tentative until meeting with the priest and assessing readiness.

Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

Convalidation: Bringing your Marriage into The Church

Like others in our parishes, you may be wondering if your marriage is fully recognized by The Catholic Church. The Canon Law of the Catholic Church ordinarily requires baptized Roman Catholics to marry in the presence of a priest or deacon. Unless the Catholic party has received a "dispensation from canonical form," which is a formal request granted by the bishop, a Catholic who exchanges vows in the presence of the minister of another religious tradition or a civil official is not considered validly married in the Catholic Church.

No matter what has taken place in the past, we in the TriParishes invite you to consider having your marriage convalidated, meaning that it will be valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church. This is sometimes colloquially referred to as "having a marriage blessed".

For more information on having your wedding convalidated by the Church please see this resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A Note about Declarations of Nullity (Annulments)

If you think your present marriage may need to explore a declaration of nullity (also called “an annulment”) then we invite you to contact the office and speak with the priests there. Here are a few resources to aid you in learning about what the Catholic Church teaches about Declarations of Nullity: