Preparing for marriage in the Catholic tradition calls for responsibilities and commitments on the part of both the couple and the parish. Because of the many requests for weddings here at St. Thomas More, certain requirements and procedures are necessary. In order to celebrate your wedding here, we ask that either the bride or groom be an active Catholic, registered in the parish, and attending Mass regularly for at least three months. Consideration will also be given to adult children of registered families who are active Catholics and who regularly attend Mass in our community.
Please download and complete the Wedding Request Form and then call to schedule an appointment with Pam Trendell, Marriage Coordinator. This should be done at least six months prior to the proposed wedding date. No wedding dates can be confirmed until this appointment. After that you will be called by one of the deacons or one of the priests to schedule an appointment and to begin the marriage preparation process. During that process you will be asked to supply a recent (within six months) copy of your baptismal certificate, to attend the Engagement Experience Workshop (brochures below), to take a compatibility inventory and to plan the wedding ceremony itself.
Weddings are normally scheduled at 12:00 PM and at 2:00 PM on three Saturdays within each month. Weddings may also be scheduled on Friday evenings but not on Saturday evenings or on Sundays. The normal stipend to the parish for weddings is $300.00 and the stipends for the cantor and the accompanist are $100.00 each. Lisa Fairweather, the Director of Music, will assist you in selecting appropriate music for your wedding. She will assign the cantor for the ceremony and must approve any requests for guest musicians to participate in the wedding liturgy.
There will be more details and your questions will be answered during our appointment. Please call to schedule that once you have completed the enclosed Wedding Request Form.
For more information, please contact Pam at 702-361-3022.