Marriage Preparation programs are offered throughout the Diocese at different times during the year. If you would like to sign up for a Marriage Preparation program, please follow this link to the online registration form.
Guidelines for Engaged Couples
Make an appointment with your parish priest. Do this as early as possible because there are other engaged couples who may be looking at the same calendar date and time as you! Besides, there are documents that you will need and getting them may take some time. So we suggest that you contact your parish priest six months before the date you wish to marry. He will ask you to schedule a few visits with him. In this way he can explain the civil and Church responsibilities involved. Here is a general idea of what to expect.
You will need a civil marriage license OR banns. City Hall sells the licences. The Parish Church supplies the banns. Please check with your parish priest to find out whether you need a licence or will be married by banns.
You will need an updated certificate of Baptism issued six months prior to the wedding.
If your partner is not a Roman Catholic, you will need to discuss your religious differences, especially concerning the passing on of your faith to children.
You will want to arrange the following particulars of your ceremony according to parish policies, :
• discuss with each other and the priest the readings and the prayers you want
• select music, make arrangements with a photographer and choose floral arrangements
• check if the announcements of your wedding will be publicized in your Church (banns)
• set a time for the wedding rehearsal.
The Catholic Church does not permit weddings outdoors or in other secular settings, or on Sundays.
The wedding may take place, under certain circumstances, in the Church of the partner who is not a Roman Catholic. Please give your parish priest early notice if you seek to marry in another church.
The Diocese of Pembroke requires that couples planning to marry participate in one of the Marriage Preparation programs offered at some of the parishes. To benefit more fully from the Marriage Preparation program, it is best to participate as early as possible.
These programs are held in different parts of the diocese and are facilitated by a team of married couples and clergy. They address a life-long commitment in the context of the sacrament of marriage in the Catholic Church, current church issues and other topics such as theology of the body, communication, finances, sexual intimacy, openness to children, family life, and Christ in your Christian marriage.