It is an honor and privilege to walk with you on your journey to the sacrament of marriage. I/we want to assist you so that this journey can truly be a joyful and life enriching experience. This guide is meant to help you navigate some of the practical dimensions of preparing for your wedding within our parish family. May God bless you!
Rev. Karl Daigle, Pastor
Phone number: 318-423-4296
Email address: email@example.com
MARRIAGE PREPARATION GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS
Either the bride or the groom must be a registered parishioner at St. Jude Catholic Church for at least six months prior to the wedding. Non-parishioners are allowed with the permission of the Pastor.
The couple needs to contact the pastor at least six months prior to the wedding (diocesan policy) to allow for adequate marriage preparation and reflection.
Since participation in Sunday Eucharist is so central to practicing the Catholic faith, the Catholic parties are highly encouraged to attend weekly Mass.
You have the freedom to select the priest of your choice to witness your marriage at St. Jude, whether assigned at St. Jude or another Catholic Church. You can also select the deacon of your choice if your ceremony is outside the context of a Mass. If you select a clergyman from another church, they would need to formally request permission from the pastor of St. Jude in writing.
An initial meeting of both bride and groom with the priest/deacon to complete necessary paperwork, go over the process, and begin the FOCCUS inventory will be required.
One or more subsequent meetings with be required with the pastor/deacon to evaluate the FOCCUS results and provide “Together For Life” book for wedding ceremony selections.
After first meeting with priest/deacon, contact Wedding Coordinators Lynn Mills & Sharon Barrett, and Director of Music & Liturgy, Gwen Stuart.
All musical selections and all musicians must be coordinated and approved through the Parish Director of Music & Liturgy, Gwen Stuart, to ensure appropriateness. Order of Service (program) must also be approved.
Attendance at a Marriage Seminar at St. Jude is required. If schedule conflict, able to attend at another Catholic Seminar in area. Turn in copy of certificate to verify participation in Seminar.
If Catholic, obtain a new copy of your baptismal certificate (one issued within six months of the wedding) from your church of Baptism.
If not Catholic, obtain a Baptism Statement from the church or a family witness.
WEDDING TIME AND RECEPTION
Weddings may take place any day except Saturday between 2:30pm & 7pm (unless held during Mass) NO wedding receptions on Sunday.
In accord with diocesan policy, if your wedding is celebrated on Saturday after 4 p.m. or on Sunday, prayers for the Sunday Mass, and the Sunday readings, with the exception of either the 1st or 2nd reading, will be used.
The Family Life Center, which can be divided into three sections, is available for receptions.
Responsibility for set-up and clean-up (immediately following the reception) is that of the family.
None of the furniture or statues in the Family Life Center or hallways can be moved other than the 6 foot and 8 foot table and chairs.
The Family Life Center can seat 300 for meals, 500 for stand-up receptions. Seating 300 with a band and dance floor could be a challenge, especially with round tables. Sound hook-up is available.
A contract is signed with the Parish Business Manager for the use of the space. Rental fees depend on use.
If alcohol is to be served, permission of pastor is required. A uniformed security officer and professional bartenders must be secured per diocesan guidelines.
REHEARSAL AND WEDDING
Bring the marriage license to the rehearsal
The church’s wedding coordinator is present for the rehearsal and ceremony, helps with flowers, protocol, etc.
Altar flowers at a weekend wedding can remain in the sanctuary for the parish Masses, or be taken home immediately after wedding.
A Bride’s Room is available with direct access to bathroom facilities. Groom and groomsmen come to the church already attired. They may use an adjoining area as a place to relax.
Photographs may be scheduled ninety minutes prior to the ceremony and immediately following wedding.
Rice, confetti, rose petals or any other material may not be thrown inside or outside the church. Permission may be obtained for birdseed outside the reception building.
All rented pieces must be approved. The sanctuary must be cleaned immediately following wedding & photographs. The family is responsible for the cleaning.
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