The Pastoral Staff and Community of St. Anthony Church extend their congratulations on your recent engagement. We pray that God’s blessing will guide you.
In light of the many requests we receive for marriages to be performed in our church, and the Diocesan Policies along with our commitment to protect the sacredness of the Sacrament of Marriage, the following are the policies that have been established at St. Anthony Church.
Our first priority must be given to our own parishioners to assure we can accommodate their request as best possible:
1. Parishioners – members of St. Anthony Church who are presently registered (for six months or more) and a participating member of the worshipping community.
2. Extended Parishioners – If one of the engaged party's parents are registered (for six months or more) and participating members of the worshipping community. In this situation the engaged couple is required to request from their local parish a letter stating that they are members of the church and have permission to marry in the church of their parents.
3. Non-Parishioners – Request by couples to have their marriage performed at St. Anthony Church who themselves and parents are not members of the parish are addressed on an individual basis. We recognize there are “pastoral situations” that bring you to our church. A priest will meet personally with you to determine whether your request can be honored. The engaged couple must have a letter stating their membership in a specific parish and permission granted to be married elsewhere in order to schedule their marriage with our church.
Please Note: The beauty of our church and its location to hotels and reception halls will not be considered as sound reasons for having your wedding conducted at St. Anthony Church.
Weddings are generally conducted on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoons. Couples should contact the church office as early as possible but no later than one year prior to the desired date. Marriage Preparation is required of all couples.
Marriage Preparation Program
All couples planning to be wed in a Catholic ceremony are required, by the Diocese of Paterson, to attend a Marriage Preparation Program. While many parishes offer a six to eight week program, St. Anthony offers a one day Marriage Preparation Program for couples several times each year. The day consists of presentations given by six to eight married couples from the parish. The topics include coping with stress, communication skills, decision-making, finance, sexuality, commitment, sacrament of marriage and prayer.
Those with pre-existing conflicts should consult the presiding priest for options. Those who live outside the Diocese of Paterson and cannot attend this program are required to attend a similar program in the diocese in which they live.
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