Holy Matrimony: A Covenant of Love
WELCOME TO OUR MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM!
As you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony, the Pastoral staff of Santa Clara Parish shares in your joy. We are providing this information to assist you with the many details of preparing you for the worthy reception of the Sacrament of Matrimony, so that the two you may enjoy a prayerful celebration that reflects the Christian values we hold as Catholics. If you are interested about the Sacrament of Matrimony, please call our office to make an appointment with our priests; you may check if your desired date is available in the next column. Just below, you will basic information regarding the process (appointments) to receive the Sacrament of Marriage:
THE THREE STEP PROCESS
First appointment: Orientation day. On this day the guidelines and requirements to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony will be explained to you. You will be asked to bring next time your certificates of Baptism (updated), First communion, Confirmation. Copy of your ID’s will be needed. FOCCUS assessment link will be sent to you to be completed within 10 days. If no impediments, you may reserve the wedding date with a $100 non-refundable deposit.
Due to the high demand of Masses at Santa Clara, we recommend to make this first appointment at least one year or more in advance from your desired wedding date.
Second Appointment: Turn-in Certificates of Baptism (updated copy), First Communion and Confirmation. Bring two witnesses of each to state freedom to marry. Couple will take pre-nuptial inventory. Review of FOCCUS results. Receive information for Catholic Marriage Preparation Retreat (Engaged or Convalidation); there is an additional cost for this retreat. Wedding date will be reconfirmed. Couple will be reminded about the “marriage license” and to have their Liturgy planning form completed by the fourth appointment. Rehearsal date and time will be given.
Third/final Appointment. Couple must bring Marriage License, proof of Catholic Marriage Preparation Retreat and Liturgy Planning Form. Couple will be reminded about the Sacrament of Confession. The ceremony must be paid off by this time and nothing should be pending.
In certain cases, extra appointments may be necessary.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION FEE
$700 Registered and active members of the parish. (Includes music & modest flowers)
$1000 Non-registered or non-active members of the parish. (Includes music & flowers)
[$250 Marriage preparation only] (To marry in another church)
[$200 Weekday/Holiday set-up/cleaning fee] (Extraordinary)
Includes music and beautiful modest flower arrangements. For more information please see our Sacrament of Marriage: Requirements and Guidelines booklet. Marriage preparation only requires to fulfill all the regular requirements listed in our booklet. Fee may change without previous notice. $250 Marriage preparation fee is only for couples marrying at another parish. $200 Weekday/Holiday set-up/cleaning fee is for extraordinary ceremonies on a weekday/holiday and not in a Saturday).
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Requirements & Guidelines
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