Marriage

Marriage Preparation

This process prepares couples not only for the wedding day, but for a lifetime of living out their commitment.  Couples should contact the parish at least one (1) year prior to the proposed wedding date.  Engaged couples are asked to meet first with their priest. At this first meeting, the couple should bring their baptismal certificates and any additional legal documentation. They will begin their Marriage Packet and be provided with information about their options for Sacramental Marriage preparation. The number of meetings will vary. Additional requirements can include: FOCCUS Evaluation, classes on the Rite of Christian Marriage, Natural Family Planning, and life skills. Couples will also receive the parish guidelines with information and stipulations regarding the actual wedding ceremony, i.e., readings, music, photography, florists, etc. Call the Church Office for more information, or view our Wedding Guidelines 2016 – Bilingual.

Married Sponsor Couples

The Married Sponsor Couples program is a part of the marriage preparation process for couples who plan to get married at Holy Spirit Church. Each engaged couples is paired with a sponsor couple who serves as a mentor and role model for a Christian marriage. The Sponsor Couple is a husband and wife team who are trained in assessment tools, listening skills and basic facilitation skills. They use these skills as they share their own marital and relationship experiences to help the engaged couple prepare for their married life by exploring relationship strengths and work areas. The goal of the program is to encourage engaged couples to communicate about and make necessary changes to important relationship issues. To learn more about Married Sponsor Couples, contact the Office of Marriage & Family Life at [210] 341-1395, ext. 382.