There are specific requirements in order to be married in the Catholic Church.
According to Church Law (Canon Law): Canon 1065
1. If they can do so without serious inconvenience, Catholics who have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation are to receive it before being admitted to marriage.
2. It is strongly recommended that those to be married approach the sacraments of penance and the Most Holy Eucharist so that they may fruitfully receive the sacrament of marriage.
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, in accord with the prescriptions of canon 1067 and with due regard for canon 1068, hereby decrees that the following norms shall be observed in preparation of a couple for marriage:
- The couple should receive appropriate education and pastoral preparation
through participation in a marriage preparation program approved by the
- Parties should be questioned as to their freedom to marry;
- Baptized Catholics should present a recently issued annotated baptismal certificate;
- Where necessary, additional documentation (such as affidavits of parents) attesting to a Catholic party’s freedom to marry should be presented;
- Baptized non-Catholics should present satisfactory proof of baptism and freedom to marry;
- Unbaptized persons should present satisfactory proof of freedom to marry;
- Preparation for marriage should be in conformity with the prescriptions of canon 1063 (regarding what must precede marriage) and canons 1064, 1071, 1072, 1086§2 and 1125, which entrust certain situations to the special care of local ordinaries;
- Preparation for marriage should be in compliance with appropriate civil laws.
Please note that there is a recommended preparation process of one year prior to a wedding date.
The Mass may not be scheduled more than a year prior to the requested date of the event. All Masses are held on a Saturday at 1 p.m., with a rehearsal for all included in the celebration the Friday before, normally at 5 p.m. Weddings are not held during Lent or Advent.
Download a St. Rose of Lima Initial Wedding Questionnaire
After completing the Wedding Questionnaire, please contact the Parish Secretary to arrange a time for the bride and groom to bring in their paperwork and begin the wedding preparation process.