FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For Additional Questions, Please contact the Parish Office x320
1) Must I be a registered member of St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in order to
have my wedding or marriage preparation here?
Yes, you must be a member of the parish. In the case of nonmembers, we will have to secure written permission, in accord with the Canon Law of the Church, of the pastor of their home parish to be married and/or complete marriage preparation here.
2) I am not currently registered at any parish. Can I register as parishioner of St. Mark the Evangelist so that I can have my preparations for marriage done with you? If you are drawn to worshiping with our community and have a desire to be a part of our faith community, you are welcome to register with us. To register with the parish click here. After you register, you will be invited to attend a Welcome Reception.
3) What if I am already married civally but want to have my marriage “blessed” or convalidated by the Catholic Church?
You will need to meet with the priest to determine what steps are required based upon your situation (how long you have been married, previous marriages, type of ceremony performed, etc.). To start this process please complete this form: Request For Convalidation
4) How long before my wedding should I begin the preparation process?
AT LEAST six months before the date of the wedding to ensure adequate time for completion of marriage preration. To start this process please complete this form: Request for Marriage Prep
5) What are the wedding times?
Parish members may celebrate their weddings at the normally scheduled weddings time of Saturdays at 10 AM or 2PM. Other dates and times may be considered based upon availablity.
6) What are the fees?
Fees vary based on the type of ceremony and location (Main Nave vs. Daily Chapel). You will be provided with this information during your initial interview with the Deacon or Priest.
Fees include marriage preparation, the Priest or Deacon Stipend, Cantor, Music, an hour rehearsal the previous evening, and a three hour block of time on your wedding day. It also includes the Liturgist stipend, who will be present at the rehearsal and during the wedding ceremony. He will work with you to help direct and facilitate the little details of your celebration, e.g. to work with your florists, photographers, videographers, etc. once they arrive at the church; to help with the "do's and don'ts"; and let you enjoy the celebration without worrying about processions, seating or other details of the wedding day.
If your wedding is at another parish but you are participating in the marriage preparation program here, then there is a $100 administrative fee due at the end of the marriage preparation program.
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) has a wonderful website which explores a number of aspects of Christian marriage as a sacrament, a covenant and a special vocation in life. It also has great resources for engaged couples and parents.