The vocation to marriage is a beautiful expression of God's free, total, faithful, and fruitful love. Your desire to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is a great blessing for you and for the Church!
The Diocesan norm requires the couple to contact the priest or deacon at least four months prior to the wedding. We encourage you to contact your parish as soon as possible to discuss the norms for setting dates, and other preparation events that your pastor may invite you to attend.
Here is some basic information about the preparation process that might be helpful before you meet with the priest or pastoral minister:
The required steps of preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church are offered in hopes that the sacredness and beauty of the Sacrament of Marriage will be ever more apparent, that hearts will be touched by God’s love, and that the grace of God will be manifest as these guidelines are followed (Diocese of Dodge City Guidelines).
Spoken Bride is a Catholic life-style blog for Brides and Newlyweds.
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ForYourMarriage.org is an excellent resource for couples who are dating, engaged, newlyweds or married! This is a good place to start for those who want more information on what to expect at a Catholic wedding.
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