The sacrament of Matrimony brings a couple into a lifelong relationship. To begin the process toward this solemn commitment couples are to begin their preparation at least six months before the wedding date.
Marriage Preparation Program
Our marriage preparation program is parish-based, and involves several components that will lead an engaged couple on a journey toward a fuller understanding of what remains essential to a proper theological and practical understanding of the marriage covenant.
Meeting and exceeding the requirements of the Archdiocese of Seattle, this process will include (but are not limited to):
(1) a marriage preparation inventory that will help couples have important, specific conversations between each other;
(2) at-home study of reading and video materials on the theology of marriage;
(3) occassional attendance at our Marriage & Family Institute sessions, to help reinforce a solid catechesis on the Sacrament and theology of Marriage;
(4) having a Mentor Couple assigned to you, who will meet with you at least once per month, walking with you on your journey toward your wedding day and beyond; and
(5) the resolution of any marriage impediments (if any).
For further information, please read our bi-fold Marriage Formation Program BROCHURE below (click image to open):
Freedom to Marry
Both the man and the woman seeking marriage need to have the freedom to marry. This means that neither of them has been previously married (even civilly), or if there has been a previous marriage it has been declared invalid by the Catholic Church. In the process of declaring the invalidity of the previous marriage, the Catholic tribunal looks to see if the marriage was fatally flawed in its beginning and therefore never truly existed. The tribunal then issues a decree of nullity stating that the legal marriage which ended in divorce was never a valid sacramental marriage in the eyes of the Church. The person is then free to marry in the Catholic Church. A person is also free to marry if their former spouse is deceased.
A Convalidation is for couples who were married for the first time, but who were not married by a priest in a Catholic ceremony. The Convalidation makes their union a valid sacramental marriage in the Catholic Church. Those who have only been married civilly should schedule an appointment with our pastor to begin the Convalidation process. For more information contact the parish office.
The Proto-Cathedral WEDDING POLICY (click image to open)