This page is intended to answer a few of the questions which are most likely on your mind at this time. It may also help you to raise some questions which have not yet occurred to you but which will be important for you to consider as you make plans for your wedding.
Who can be married at St. Francis of Assisi?
Normally, those who are registered parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi. The Catholic Church has a long tradition of celebrating the sacraments within one’s own community of faith. There can be exceptions to this, however. For example, couples belonging to another parish might wish to celebrate their wedding at St. Francis of Assisi with a priest or deacon from their home parish officiating – or with a family friend who is a priest or deacon.
Is there a fee involved for a St. Francis of Assisi wedding or for Marriage Preparation?
While there is no fee for the wedding liturgy itself (i.e., we won’t charge you to use the church), there are deposits and fees surrounding weddings. The fee assigned to your celebration at St. Francis of Assisi includes the deposit to secure the date and helps defray the costs of the services of the Director of Liturgy and Music, and offsets the costs of materials for the Marriage Preparation process.
All marriage preparation fees and music direction fees are discussed during the initial interview at the start of the marriage preparation process. No parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi is ever turned away because of an inability to pay the fee.
The parishioner rate for marriage preparation is set in order to honor the commitment of participating, contributing members of the parish. Normally speaking, the parishioner rate applies to those who are registered and contributing members.
How does a St. Francis of Assisi parishioner arrange to confirm a wedding date on the St. Francis of Assisi wedding calendar?
If the bride, groom, or either of their parents are active members at St. Francis of Assisi with six months of regular, identifiable contributions to our community, you may begin scheduling a wedding by completing our initial inquiry form, available online. We will review your submission and preference regarding a date and time for your wedding. We will then contact you to discuss a tentative date, and to set an appointment to take care of the required paperwork. Your date will remain tentative until the paperwork has been completed and approved.
How does someone who is either not a St. Francis of Assisi parishioner or a parishioner who has not made identifiable contributions arrange to confirm a wedding date on the St. Francis of Assisi wedding calendar?
As a non-parishioner, you may choose to have a priest or deacon from your home parish come to preside at the wedding. If you have not been a parishioner very long, you could also choose to have a priest who is a relative or a close friend preside. The Coordinator of Liturgy and Sacraments will work with you to find an agreeable date for your wedding and will assist you with the requisite paperwork. The chosen date will remain tentative until the visiting priest or deacon has requested and received permission for the marriage from the pastor at St. Francis of Assisi.
Who is able to officiate at weddings at St. Francis of Assisi?
Non-Catholic clergy are welcome to be present for a St. Francis of Assisi wedding, but may not preside over a wedding by themselves.
Are people who are not of the Catholic faith able to be married at St. Francis of Assisi?
Is some sort of preparation needed for couples wishing to be married?
When may weddings take place at St. Francis of Assisi?
Saturdays at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm.
Please be aware that the Church discourages, but does not forbid, the celebration of weddings during Lent – a season of penance and austerity. There are other weekends when liturgical celebrations preclude weddings from occurring, most notably the Easter Triduum and our parish celebration of the Feast of our patron, St. Francis of Assisi.