Sacrament of Marriage
Any couple, desiring to marry within the Catholic Church, should contact the pastor approximately one year in advance. The following steps must be completed.
1. Schedule a date with the pastor. Due to time constraints, one wedding is allowed on Saturday. Arrangements for hall and other contractual needs of the wedding should be made AFTER establishing an open date at the church. Time of wedding is determined by choices for a wedding celebration. 1:00 p.m. is the latest a wedding may be scheduled due to Reconciliation and Mass on Saturday afternoon.
2. Establish freedom to marry within the church. Civil laws and laws of the church define the ability to enter into marriage. Within the Catholic Church, any person who has a previous marriage will undergo a separate process prior to entering into any subsequent marriage.
3. Provide the necessary documents. In all marriages, a baptismal record for Catholics and non-Catholics is necessary. Depending on circumstances, other documents may be necessary.
4. Interfaith marriage invites the non-Catholic to attend one session to discuss the Catholic Church. The class's intent is to assist the discussion of those areas that are impacted by having two faiths within a relationship.
5. Complete a compatibility tool. Couples are asked to complete a tool entitled FOCUS. This tool assists in defining the issues faced by a couple and opportunity to discuss how the couple will help each other with these issues in their marriage.
6. Attend a weekend to discuss the values and principles that should be covered prior to entering into marriage. This weekend is offered by the Wausau Deanery. Couples may seek to attend in a neighboring deanery based on available dates.
7. Plan the ceremony with the pastor. Be mindful that all wedding customs must be compatible with Catholic celebration of marriage. Decisions regarding the church ceremony should be made in consultation with the pastor.
8. Rehearsal implements the decisions for the day of the wedding and prepares all participants to celebrate this day. The time of rehearsal is set with the pastor. All those participating in the wedding are required to attend. The time should be set to facilitate their presence.
9. Fees are paid prior to rehearsal and clarified at the Initial Marriage Preparation meeting.
10. Having completed these steps, a couple celebrates their wedding day!