Marriage is a "...covenant or participation of life between a man and woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601)
In the Gospel of St. John we learn that the very first miracle performed by Our Lord was at the wedding feast at Cana, thus revealing the intimate connection between the saving mission of Christ and the dignity of marriage. Christ dwells with a husband and wife, giving them the grace to take up their crosses daily, to rise again after they fall, to forgive one another, to bear one another's burdens, to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ, and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and faithful love.
At Our Lady of Walsingham Church, we recognize that one of the keys to a strong, healthy, Christ-centered marriage is adequate preparation and formation for what is a life-long sacrament. This preparation and the following guidelines will help ensure a wedding day which signals the start of a life together living out the sacrament of matrimony to its fullest dignity.
Before making any other arrangements, please contact our parish Wedding Coordinator, M. Elizabeth MacArthur. An absolute minimum of six months' preparation is required. Please note that we do not schedule weddings during the Advent or Lent seasons, Christmastide, nor on the weekend following Thanksgiving. From the dates available, you might select a Friday 7:00pm, Saturday 12:00 Noon, or Saturday 7:00pm ceremony.
At your initial meeting with Ms. MacArthur, you will become acquainted with parish policies concerning music, photography, floral and decorative arrangements, and payment of fees.
IF YOU, YOUR FIANCE', OR AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR PARENTS IS A REGISTERED, ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM CHURCH, financially supporting our parish for a minimum of one year prior to your first contacting the Wedding Coordinator, there is no charge for the use of the church building. However a $1,000 Damage/Surety Deposit is required before your wedding date is confirmed. This fee is refundable after your wedding, providing you fulfill the conditions set forth at your initial meeting with the Wedding Coordinator.
IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED, ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM CHURCH, you must obtain written permission of the pastor(s) of the parish in which either the bride or the groom reside, if both are Catholic. If only one member of the engaged couple is of the Catholic faith, then the written permission is obtained from the pastor of the Catholic party. Further, before your wedding date can be confirmed, a $1,500 fee for use of the church building is required, as is the $1,000 Damage/Surety Deposit. The latter fee is refundable after your wedding, providing you fulfill the conditions set forth at your initial meeting with the Wedding Coordinator.