Celebrating Marriage at Holy Family
Dear Engaged Couple,
This booklet is intended to assist you in preparing for a marriage at Holy Family Parish. In it you will find a wealth of information which, we hope, will answer most of your questions. However, it will probably raise a few new ones as well. After you have read this policy, you will be better able to discuss your upcoming marriage with one of the priests.
Weddings are special and joyful times for brides and grooms, for your families and friends and for the parish community. The new beginning, the love, the promise and the hope that weddings are, make the celebration a special and grace-filled moment. The Church welcomes its members to celebrate and solemnize their weddings in the context of our prayer as Catholic Christians.
Great care is taken to see that the prayer for this special moment is reverent, graceful, and beautiful. Our celebration of the sacraments, marriage included, is always rooted in listening to the Scriptures, so that we can be nourished and strengthened by the word of God.
We always celebrate the sacraments as a community. We gather our brothers and sisters in faith, and we ask for their prayerful support. These celebrations are incomplete unless they are filled with song, with prayerful gestures, and with the silence in which we hear the voice of God speaking to his people.
In this spirit, Holy Family Parish provides these guidelines for celebrating weddings in the building which shelters the prayer of our community.