“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
— Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1601
The Sacrament of Matrimony may be celebrated in the parish church of either the bride or the groom. (In our Archdiocese, it is usually celebrated in the bride’s church.) It could be celebrated in another church / shrine / chapel after obtaining no objection letters from their respective Parish Priests. The date and time of the Nuptial Mass is to be fixed in consultation with the Parish Priest before making other arrangements like hall bookings, caterers, etc. Hence, the couple intending to get married should meet the Parish Priest or his delegate well in advance.
The couple must attend the Marriage Preparation Course (MPC) at least 6 months prior to the date of marriage. For details, you may log on to www.snehalaya.in. The details of the MPC are also displayed on the Church Notice Board.
Having completed the MPC, the girl goes to her Parish Priest and completes the initial procedures. For this, the girl must take along with her a fresh copy of her Baptism Certificate. A letter to conduct the boy’s enquiries is handed over to his Parish Priest who later on returns the form duly filled in to the girl’s Parish Priest. Banns are published in the Church only if the couple intending to get married is baptized.
The right to celebrate marriages belongs to the Parish Priest and/or his delegates. If a couple has a priest relative or friend desiring to celebrate the Nuptial Mass, a letter stating that he is ready to do so must be obtained and handed over to the Parish Priest.
Photography and video shooting should not spoil the liturgy or cause any distraction or disturbance or mar the sacredness of the celebration. Only one photographer and one videographer will be permitted. The video shooting will have to be done from a fixed place. Photography / videography will be permitted at the following moments: Entrance; the Nuptial Rite; the “offertory”; reception of Holy Communion; Signing the register…. Photographers and videographers who violate these rules may be debarred from rendering this service in our church in future.
Please ensure that those participating in the service and especially those who are coming up to the sanctuary for the readings, prayers, hymns, etc. are decently attired. St Thomas Church maintains a dress code.
Marriage: Date and time to be finalized after consulting the priest on duty.