Marriage Guidelines for St. Thomas à Becket Parish
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding celebration, the beginning of a lifetime union of love and life. Here are some FAQs about preparing for marriage at our parish.
Who may be married here? Parishioners and others with permission of the parish where they reside.
How far in advance should I prepare? At least six months, preferably one year. Do not book your reception hall until you have met with a priest and confirmed the date and time of your wedding.
The marriage preparation process: Once the date for the wedding has been set with one of our priests, the actual marriage preparation begins. There are three stages:
- 1) Preliminary interviews and paperwork (current baptismal certificates will be required no more than six months before the wedding date).
- 2) Enrolling in the marriage preparation program: :“From This Day Forward". We suggest you take this program sooner rather than later.
- 3) Liturgical preparation for your marriage celebration; music, scripture readings, prayers and vows (a month or two before the wedding). No flower petals, rice or confetti should be thrown in the church or anywhere on the church grounds. As the solemn celebration of your marriage vows is taking place in the sanctuary of a church, only sacred music is permitted. We will assist you with this.
Cost: $500.00. Musicians’ fees are separate and payable directly to them.
If one of our priests has agreed to celebrate your wedding in another church, an administrative fee of $250 is payable to St. Thomas à Becket.
Contact: Parish secretary: (514) 626-4111.