WEDDING GUIDELINES AND MUSIC POLICY
To begin the process of Marriage Preparation the couple must contact Father Gerry Kirby (860-749-8625) to schedule an appointment at least one year prior to the anticipated date of marriage.
To celebrate a Catholic marriage means far more than celebrating the marriage ceremony within the confines of the church building. Christian marriage is a serious and sacred commitment that unites a man and a woman to each other in a most profound and permanent way. Christian marriage conforms a couple in such a way that they become a visible sign of Christ’s unconditional and faithful love to each other, to the Church community and to the world. It demands a living faith on the part of the couple and the awareness that they are entering into a covenant not only with each other, but also with God and with the entire Christian community.
Joined in Christ through the Sacrament of Matrimony, Christian spouses are called to see Christ in each other. They are called to be living symbols of God’s tender love and mercy. They are called to be Christ for each other.
Joined in Christ, Christian spouses are most intimately associated with God in His work of creation. Through the generation of children, whom God gives them as a blessing, spouses perpetuate the original blessing of the Creator by transmitting the Divine Image from person to person.
Joined in Christ, Christian spouses are called to be Church in miniature the domestic church- that is; they are called to form their family into a praying and believing community. They are called to manifest the love and mercy of God to a world in serious need of both. They are called to be light in the darkness and the fire against the cold. They are called to live lives of service to others.
Christian marriage is not something to be undertaken lightly or hurriedly. To love like God loves, namely, unconditionally, to forgive without counting the cost, to persevere despite difficulties, to be patient and kind, to excuse, to trust, to hope, to believe and endure whatever hardships come one's way requires virtue beyond the merely human. Therefore, the Church invites engaged couples to prepare themselves spiritually for marriage by daily prayer, celebration of the Eucharist, and frequent celebration of the Sacraments.
The Community of All Saints rejoices with our engaged couples and prays that their love will grow deeper and richer as they commit themselves to each other in the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that your Wedding is but a day; your marriage is for a lifetime.
In light of the sacredness and dignity of the Sacrament of Marriage, the following guidelines and policies are established at All Saints Church.
EXPECTATIONS OF THE COUPLE
The engaged couple is expected to continue in the practice of their faith in the midst of the Catholic Church on a regular basis as they prepare for the celebration of their Sacrament of Marriage.
The couple must participate in a Diocesan approved marriage preparation program. (see below for more information)
The couple will assume all civil requirements established by the State of Connecticut regarding licensing.
Copies of Baptismal, First Communion & Confirmation certificates must be sent to Fr. Gerry.
All readings and musical selections for the wedding ceremony must follow the guidelines established by the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Norwich AND must meet the approval of the Director of Music and the Pastor of All Saints.