Marriage is a gift instituted by Christ that gives us His saving grace.  Therefore this is a both a celebration for you, your families and friends; AND a celebration for the whole Church.  The Church is involved with you in the preparation for marriage, in the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony, and in your living of the marriage covenant that you established before God and the community.  Arrangements must begin at least six months in advance of the date of the wedding. This is a diocesan requirement.

A LITURGY PREPARATION MEETING should be scheduled about three months before the celebration of the marriage liturgy. Call the Director of Music/Coordinator of Liturgy to set up an appointment to plan the liturgy.  Before the meeting, you should become familiar with Part II of the book, Marriage is for Keeps, which offers extensive commentary and guidance for planning the wedding liturgy.  The Blessed Sacrament priest that you are working with will provide you with a copy of this book.