This section is an overview of the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church and our parish with a brief introduction to OLPH parish requirements. If you are looking for complete parish wedding guidelines follow this link to our OLPH Wedding Guide Section, which covers every aspect of holding a Catholic marriage ceremony and will be invaluable as you plan your wedding at OLPH.

Arrangements must be made with one of the parish priests at least one year in advance to allow time for proper preparation, This includes three meetings with the priest (or deacon) plus attendance at the diocesan-approved preparation sessions (Pre-Cana, Preparing to Live in Love, or Engaged Encounter). Our parish secretaries can check dates for availability but cannot reserve them. (If either party has been previously married and divorced an official church annulment of the prior marriage must be obtained before a date can be reserved and preparation sessions begun.)

The offering for the use of the either church, required paperwork, etc. is $550.00 (A) or $450.00 (SN) with a $250.00 discount for registered parishioners that regularly support the parish. For non parishioners, the offering is $850.00 (A), $750.00 (SN). There is a “cooperation” deposit of $100.00 for either church. Both the offering & “Cooperation” deposit must be paid in full at the time of booking to secure your date and time. For a schedule of all offerings and fees related to your wedding, please see the OLPH Wedding Guide section of our site.

If you are looking for additional information about preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church, the Diocese of Camden has a special section on their website discussing the process of Marriage Preparation.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Mark 10:7-9

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other. “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. . . . The two of them become one body” (Gn 2:18; 24). Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond.

Jesus brought to full awareness the divine plan for marriage. In John’s Gospel, Christ’s first miracle occurs at the wedding in Cana. “The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (CCC, no. 1613).

By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, “Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.”

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.

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