“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
Congratulations on your engagement!
We’re happy to help you prepare for your marriage! In order to have your wedding at the Proto-Cathedral, please note the following basic requirements:
At least one of the parties (the bride or groom) must be a baptized Catholic. If you’re not Catholic and wish to become Catholic, let us know, and we can help! Because the Proto-Cathedral is a sacred space for Catholic worship, our church is unavailable for weddings in which neither party is Catholic.
Marriage is a serious, life-long commitment! Participating in our marriage preparation course is a required part of having your wedding at the Proto-Cathedral. This usually means you must contact us at least six months before your intended wedding date. Because of various scheduling conflicts, we strongly advise you to schedule your date with us before committing to a date with a reception venue.
If you or your fiance have been married before, even if it was a non-Catholic or a secular ceremony, you (or your fiance) will have to petition for an annulment before you can be married at the Proto-Cathedral. This requirement applies to both the bride and the groom, even if the party isn’t Catholic. If your prior spouse has passed away, no annulment is needed. Contact the parish office for more information about petitioning for an annulment. Please note that we are unable to set a date for your wedding until an annulment process is complete.
For further details, please contact the parish office and read through our Marriage Policy.