Scheduling a Wedding at St. Thomas
By: Angela Tuttle | Last Updated: 01/12/2012 14:11
Due to the increasing number of weddings taking place at St. Thomas, we feel it is necessary to periodically publish, the guidelines and directives for scheduling a wedding.
The bride or groom must be registered parishioners of St. Thomas for a minimum of three months. We do not schedule weddings of couples not belonging to our parish. Fairness must prevail in this regard.
The bride or groom who is living away from the area, but whose parents have been registered parishioners for at least three months may certainly be married here.
No wedding may be scheduled in Church if either party has been previously married without first speaking to one of the priests. The pastoral assistant will ask this question when taking the marriage information.
Two weddings are scheduled on Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Friday weddings take place at 4:30 p.m.
From the time the engaged couple contacts the church and schedules the date, to the actual wedding date, couples should allow eight months to one year for marriage preparation.
During this preparation time, couples are asked to participate in 1) a retreat day at St. Thomas or a diocesan retreat weekend, 2) complete a FOCCUS questionnaire, 3) a wedding liturgy workshop, 4) meetings with a marriage sponsor couple, and 5) meetings with the presiding priest or deacon.
There is a $300 church fee. The wedding date selected will be secured by the priest or deacon and upon receipt of your $100 deposit. The balance of $200 is due one month prior to the wedding. The $100 deposit will be forfeited upon a date change.