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Although weeknights at St. Dominic are a little quieter in the summer, the weekends are unusually busy with many weddings and family celebrations. On a weekly basis, I receive phone calls from brides in the parish and their parents, inquiring about setting weddings dates. Many non-parishioners call to “rent the church” because it is so beautiful for a wedding…not my favorite phone calls. To clarify our wedding policies:
First, the bride or groom should be registered at the parish. Priority for wedding dates is given to parishioners first. It just does not seem fair to belong to a church your entire life only to have a stranger book the date ahead of you. That being said, children and grandchildren of parishioners who are living in another city are also welcome to have their wedding here. Our only request is that they have a letter from the pastor of their home parish giving me permission to do the wedding here.
I typically handle all of the wedding preparations for couples being married. The bride or groom should call or email me directly. Often, the mother of the bride or groom calls, and I guess I feel if the young adult is old enough to get married they are old enough to call the priest. Out of town couples may complete their marriage preparation in their new parish, or they may return to St. Dominic and do it with me. In the same way, I am happy to provide marriage preparation for couples who live in our parish yet are going back to their family parish for their wedding.
Per our diocesan policy, all marriage preparation must be done at least six months in advance of the wedding. There is no fee for a wedding at St. Dominic other than musician fees which are handled directly with the music minister. All Catholics must be married in a church building, with some exceptions. Catholics marrying another baptized person must have their wedding in a Catholic church or a Christian church. If a Catholic marries a Jewish person or Hindu, they are permitted to be married at a “neutral” location (ex. a country club or hotel).
Please feel free to contact me at the parish office if you have any questions regarding weddings at St. Dominic.