Did you know that the priest does NOT confer the sacrament of Holy Matrimony?
The priest or deacon is merely the church's 'witness' to the man and woman making their vows before God. It is the husband and wife who minister the Sacrament to each other from God. However, the fact that a husband and wife make the sacrament between themselves and God does not mean that they can 'unmake' this union, as it is a covenant until the death of one of the parties. Yes, it's that important---it's that holy!
What do I need to do?
The bride or groom must be active, registered members of the parish prior to reserving a date for a wedding. In addition to the parish registration criteria, the diocese requires that arrangements must be made at least six months in advance of the wedding date in order for the proper personal, spiritual and liturgical preparation of the couple to be completed.
Marriage preparation is an important part of planning a wedding, so please contact the parish office (505-865-7385) at least six months prior to your desired wedding date to check availability of your desired wedding date and time. The parish will reserve a date and time if it is available but will not finalize your desired wedding date until the wedding preparation process is complete so please call early. There is a $250.00 stipend for weddings.
San Clemente provides personalized and individual marriage preparation for couples Call the parish office (505-865-7385) to register for Preparation for Marriage classes.