Christian Marriage for ALL couples
Since marriage is a sacramental rite of the Church, it happens within the context of the Church community. Our expectation, therefore, is that couples wishing to be married here will participate in our life of worship and fellowship.
If you do not already attend St. Mary's, but would like to be married here, you are warmly invited to join us for worship. We hope you will discover a community of faith that you’ll want to make your spiritual home.
Please know that Episcopal canon law requires that at least one of the participants have been baptized.
Marriage preparation typically takes 4 to 6 months, allowing time for scheduling and planning as well as for pre-marital counseling. (In instances where there is good reason, this time may be reduced. )
It is highly advised to speak to the Rector about scheduling before making other plans, such as renting a reception hall.
Our Rector will meet with the couple a minimum of four times spread out over several months to prepare them for marriage. If one or both members of the couple have been previously married and divorced, the Rector must get permission from the Bishop before she can agree to perform the marriage. While this is normally granted, it does require a few extra weeks to organize and submit the appropriate information.