Preparation for the Vocation to Marriage and Family Life
We congratulate you on your engagement! The Church believes that your decision to marry is a response in faith in God's love for you. We believe that through the power of the Sacrament of Matrimony, God enables you to appreciate the sacredness of your own love (an image of Christ's love for his Bride, the Church) and to accept the responsibility to manifest God's love to each other and to the world every day of your lives.
Marriage Preparation in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is intended to assist you in developing a solid foundation for permanent, faithful, and life-giving love in marriage.
Since Catholics believe Christian marriage to be a very serious relationship, a decision to make this commitment requires sufficient reflection, discussion, and responsible preparation. This is why you are required to notify your parish of your intention to marry no less than six months before the date of the wedding.
These guidelines seek to assist you and all couples to develop a solid foundation for growth and faithfulness in your marriage and family life. They recognize two important facts:
- that the Church has a responsibility to engaged couples to assist them in their preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony;
- that a "full and authentic" preparation will take time to accomplish.
The unique situation of each engaged couple is give personal attention at the parish through interviews with the parish priest. Between the initial interview and the wedding, a program of marriage and family life preparation is required.
For more information regarding the Marriage Preparation Program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please check these links:
Completion of the Archdiocesan Pre-Cana program is required before the wedding. At the end of the program, a certificate will be given to the couple, which they should present to the presiding priest of their wedding.
To schedule your appointment with a priest please contact the Mrs. Cathy Remick in the Parish Office at 610-326-5877, ext. 427 at least six months prior to your desired wedding date. A $250.00 deposit is required to secure your requested date.