The parishioners and staff of Holy Name Parish (Roman Catholic) offer our prayers and support to both of you as you begin to plan your wedding liturgy and as you look ahead to your married life. Our community celebrates and cherishes God’s love for both of you, and we hope you find our parish a place of welcome and support that seeks to help you deepen your relationship with Christ and his holy people, the Church.
These guidelines have been prepared to familiarize you with some procedures for planning your wedding liturgy at Holy Name Parish. The information is compiled from the most frequently asked questions regarding wedding liturgies. By no means does it answer all of the questions concerning weddings at Holy Name; we hope it will be a useful tool for you as you begin to plan this time of prayer and worship. At any time, please feel free to contact the priest or deacon assigned to your wedding with questions not addressed in this booklet.
A guiding principle in planning your wedding liturgy is to remind yourselves that your wedding is an act of worship of God. In the ceremony, we ask God and his Son, Jesus Christ, to consecrate your love and friendship for one another and to make your union a sacramental covenant. The guidelines in this booklet are offered to help maintain the religious spirit of your wedding.
A priest or deacon will work with you and help you prepare spiritually and emotionally for your wedding and marriage as well as help you secure all the necessary documentation. He will also help you to plan your wedding liturgy, using the rich liturgical tradition of our Church to unfold with you and for you the beauty and sacredness of a sacramental marriage. Please do not hesitate to call on him if you have any questions at any time during your engagement. Relatives or friends who are priests or deacons are most welcome to officiate at your wedding. Also, we welcome ministers of other faiths. Please let us know in advance if this is the case.
Finally, since this is your marriage, we encourage you to raise all pertinent questions in order to avoid misunderstandings.