Marriage

“Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church.”

St. John Paul II

Planning to get Married? Congratulations!

We rejoice with you! We hope you will use this special time to deepen your relationship. We want to help you prepare for your wedding day and for your entire married life together. Because marriage is a sacrament in the Catholic Church, it is a sacred event for both you and all of us.

For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5: 29-32)

Be assured that our goal is to make your wedding a memorable experience of the sacrament. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

WEDDINGS AT ST. MARIA GORETTI

To Begin
Call the Parish Office at (317) 867-3213 to schedule a Pre-Marital Counseling Meeting with one of our priests.

Weddings times
Saturdays: 2:30 p.m.
Requests for Fridays are considered on a case-by-case basis
No weddings occur on Sundays or during Lent

Rehearsal times
Fridays: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

For additional questions or to obtain a copy of our Wedding Guide, please contact Jen Downing in the Parish Office at (317) 867-3213.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can anyone prepare for marriage at St. Maria Goretti?

Sorry, we can’t prepare everyone, but we can help those who are already registered parishioners in good standing (at least four months). At times, we can prepare non-parishioners; however, this requires a $200 stipend.

How long does Pre-Marital Counseling last?

Pre-Marital Counseling sessions gives an opportunity for you to better understand yourself, your partner, and the nature of the marriage relationship. The final sessions provide you the opportunity to discuss the details of your wedding. The amount of time spent in pre-marital counseling is dependent upon the maturity and needs of the couple as determined by our priest.

Can we have an off-site wedding?

The preferred location for a Catholic wedding is always a Catholic church.  Special permissions can be obtained to have your wedding in another Catholic church or another Christian church.

Who may officiate our wedding at St. Maria Goretti?

You may ask any priest assigned to St. Maria Goretti to officiate your wedding.  If a visiting priest will be presiding at your wedding, it is expected that all these guidelines be followed and that visiting clergy will provide all documentation from their dioceses or religious order to us.  Visiting clergy should contact our Pastor, Father Kevin Haines as soon as possible to obtain permission and to receive a copy of our Wedding Guide.

What fees are required to have our wedding at St. Maria Goretti?

The bride and groom are personally responsible to pay the below listed honorariums. Please bring the checks to the rehearsal and give them to the Wedding Coordinator who will distribute them to all staff. Fees for the services of the staff should be made payable directly to those individuals. Checks for the use of the facilities (if applicable) should be made payable to St. Maria Goretti and brought to the office with the license at least three days before the ceremony.

Instrumentalists                                                                            $100-$150
Cantor                                                                                              $100
Accompanist                                                                                   $175
Pastoral Service                                                                              Gifts left at discretion of the couple
Altar Server                                                                                     $15 (required)
Sound Technician                                                                          $50 (required)

Our Music Director can provide you with a list of St. Maria Goretti musicians and accompanists if desired.  Please contact us at least two months prior to the wedding.

OTHER RESOURCES

Marriage Ministry
A St. Maria Goretti ministry to support your marriage

Natural Family Planning
Information about family planning, including St. Maria Goretti resources

For Your Marriage
Resources provided by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops

OTHER QUESTIONS

Previously Married?
Please contact Jen Downing to discuss what steps may be needed before a wedding date can be set.

Married Civilly?
You can prepare for a Convalidation to convert a civil marriage into the marriage sacrament. Contact Jen Downing to discuss what preparation might be needed.