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.
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.