“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)
Preparation For Marriage
Married couples, in virtue of their Sacrament of Matrimony, express and share in the mystery of marital love that exists between Christ and the Church. Through your preparation and entering into this holy vocation as married persons you are a symbol of unconditional love and intimate communion between Jesus (the Groom) and the Church (His bride).
To witness the love of a man and woman made holy in the Sacrament of Matrimony is to see concretely the love between Christ and His Church. Marriage fills us with great joy and gratitude. That is why we take the preparation and celebration of this sacrament seriously.
As you consider the possibility of celebrating your wedding at St. James Catholic Church, you will want to consider these guidelines. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call us at 863-465-3215.
Engaged couples planning to be married at St. James should make initial contact with the pastor at least SIX MONTHS in advance. In order to ensure that we can accommodate your desired date, we ask that you reserve the church at this time. Over this six month preparation period, the pastor will meet with the engaged couple to complete the necessary requirements and to finalize plans for the wedding ceremony.
Required preparation for marriage involves the couple:
1) completing pre-nuptial forms A and B
2) taking and reviewing the Fully Engaged inventory of communication and compatibility
3) attending two Diocesan workshops on Life Skills and Sacramentality
Details on the workshops can be found at http://dioceseofvenice.org/marriageprep.
4) providing a recent copy (issued in the past six months) of their baptismal certificate
Often individuals are not fully participating in the life of the church because of divorce and remarriage. Should this be your particular situation, please feel free to make an appointment with Father Michael with a view to addressing these issues.
$200 - parishioners who have been registered with St. James for one year or more
$400 - non-parishioners and parishioners who have been registered with St. James less than one year
$200 - Presider
$100 - Sacristan
$25 - Altar server
$100 - organist
$75 - cantor
Scriptural Reference for the Sacrament of Marriage:
St. Paul said: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church. . . .
This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church."
--Ephesians 5:25, 32