The matrimonial covenant,

by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life,

is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring;

this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601


For those seeking the sacrament of Matrimony at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater: 

Please read our marriage policy for further clarification concerning the requirements to book a wedding in our parish church. 


Marriage Preparation at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater

There are four marriage preparatory requirements to be fulfilled at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, and they are the following:
1.  All couples must enroll and fulfill an approved course in Natural Family Planning.
2.  All Couples must complete a FOCCUS couple’s compatibility assessment.
3.  All Couples must meet with an approved married couple from the Proto-Cathedral a number of times for marriage counsel.
4.  All Couples must watch the film, “Marriage” (Ignatius Press) and discuss its content with the approved couple from whom they are receiving counsel.