MARRIAGE PREPARATION AND WEDDING INFORMATION
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. We at Holy Cross – Immaculata Church certainly want to do all we can to assure that your wedding will be a sacred and memorable occasion. We wish to support you in this part of your journey of faith. Married couples are a sacramental sign to the world of God’s love and faithfulness. We are thankful that you will be that sign for us.
To be married in the Church is a sign to the community at large that the bride and groom are persons of faith and they wish God’s blessing on their marriage. Your desire for a church wedding should reflect your commitment to your Christian faith and the practice of your religion.
Because marriage is such an important and sacred step in your lives, it is essential there be some form of reflective preparation. This preparation is a discernment process in which the irrevocable consent of the sacrament may be freely chosen, maturely considered, and clearly understood. Throughout this process, the parish community and its ministers will be assisting you.
Couples in Which One Party Was Previously Married: It is a long standing teaching in the Catholic Tradition that marriage creates a bond that is lifelong and cannot be broken. There are those cases, where in looking back, it becomes apparent that something was missing from the relationship at the time of the marriage. Because of this missing element, there is reason to say that the marriage was not sacramentally valid. This process is known as an annulment and any prior marriage must be annulled in order to remarry in the church.
Its commonplace for the process to take up to a year for the annulment process to be completed. The parish is unable to schedule a wedding date until the annulment process is complete. Individuals needing to have a prior marriage annulled should contact a priest of deacon in the parish in which they are registered. Holy Cross-Immaculata parishioners previously married and requiring an annulment should contact our Pastor, Fr. Len Fecko at the parish office for more information.
either party has been married before: HCI must receive a letter from the couples pastor or deacon stating that they are free to marry.
NO DATE MAY BE DISCUSSED UNTIL BOTH PARTIES HAVE BEEN DETERMINED AS FREE TO MARRY. NO EXCEPTIONS
Couples are encouraged to contact the parish six months to one year in advance of their desired wedding date. Please contact the parish office at 513 721 6544 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information on requirements to hold/book your wedding date.
To Schedule Your Wedding Date: If the couple is free to marry, a date and time may be put on hold for 30 days. During this 30 days HCI must receive the following documents: Please collect all forms prior to submission
–Permission: Each Catholic party must obtain a letter of permission from their pastor(s) of the parish(es) where they are currently registered granting permission for them to marry at HCI. (Canon 1114 and 1115)
–Presider: Couple must secure a priest/deacon to preside at their wedding prior to booking their wedding date. The couple must have their presider complete the Presider From (click here) and submit to HCI as part of their document package.
Note: If your presider is not conducting your wedding preparation you must obtain a letter from the priest/deacon/lay minister attesting that you are free to marry and that he/she will conduct your marriage preparation. Must include contact information listed on presider form.
–Baptismal Certificates: Catholic bride/groom must contact their church of baptism and obtain a newly issued baptismal certificate.
–Couple Information Form: Complete and submit with required documents (Form: click here)
–Schedule a Meeting with Pastor, Fr. Len Fecko: All couples wanting to marry at HCI must meet with our Pastor regardless if he or and outside priest/deacon is presiding at your wedding.
When all required documents are received you will receive an email instructing you to contact Fr. Len to schedule a meeting. If all documents are received and your meeting with Fr. Len is more than 30 day hold window your date will continue to be held.
Other documents may be required at the discretion of HCI Pastor/Deacon.
Again, Please collect all forms prior to submission. Your wedding date is not officially booked until all documents are received therefore their is not a file to direct your documents. Erroneous forms received by the parish office without an established files could be misplaced or lost. Submitting in one package will minimize the need for the couple to obtain duplicates.
Wedding Policies Please click “2017 Wedding Procedures and Policies”