We at Corpus Christi request that you contact our parish office eight months prior to the wedding date. The couple, who intend to wed, should expect to meet with the priest or deacon several times prior to marriage. The couple will be required to take part in the Marriage Preparation Program of the Diocese of Fall River, as a part of their spiritual and human development in preparation of marriage. To arrange for Marriage Preparation in the Diocese of Fall River, please visit www.fallriverfaithformation.org. Those who live outside of the Diocese of Fall River will need to submit proof upon completion, if the Preparation program is completed outside of the Diocese.
Flowers, Decorations and Customs:
You may wish to provide flowers for the sanctuary for your wedding, although it is not required that you do so. It is never possible to place flowers directly on the altar. It is possible to place bows and/or flowers on the pews, if you so desire, only ribbons and elastic bands may be used to fasten the decorations. Adhesive tape or anything that might damage the pews is strictly prohibited. A runner may not be placed in the center isle of the Church due to safety issues. Likewise, the use of the “unity candle” is not allowed during the wedding ceremony as it is not a part of the rite. The throwing of rice, confetti and/or bird seed at the end of the ceremony is not allowed. Bubbles may only be blown outside of the Church building.
Time of Celebration of Marriage:
Weddings are usually scheduled on Friday evenings and on Saturday between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. A Saturday evening (after 5:30pm) or Sunday afternoon (after 2:00pm) wedding, can be scheduled at the discretion of the priest or deacon who will be presiding.
Most couples like to have a photographic remembrance of their wedding. As a matter of courtesy, the photographer/videographer should speak with the priest/celebrant prior to the ceremony and abide by the parish guidelines. In regard to video recording, we ask that only available light be used.
Offering to the Church:
It is customary to make an offering to the Church on the occasion of a marriage in support of its wider mission. To this end, the requested donation for registered parishioners is left to the discretion of the parties involved. For those who are not registered parishioners, the requested donation is $300. The Director of Music will inform you of the fees for music at your wedding. The fee for two Altar Servers is $20 each.
Planning Your Wedding Ceremony:
During the course of your marriage preparation with the priest or deacon, you will be given a booklet to assist you in preparing for your marriage ceremony. There is, with this booklet, a form in which you might indicate your choices for the various prayers and readings. You are encouraged to invite members of your family and friends to assist in the reading of scripture at the wedding ceremony.
Rehearsal: The priest/celebrant will schedule and direct your wedding rehearsal. In addition to the wedding party, those who will be readers and those who will present the gifts should be in attendance at the rehearsal. We ask that all be present at the wedding rehearsal and be on time, as other rehearsals could very well follow your rehearsal.
Marriage License: It is preferable that the marriage license be presented to the officiator two weeks prior to the wedding as well as the completed “Together for Life” selection sheet.
Checklist of things that you will need:
* Baptism Certificate for both the bride and groom. Please note that the Certificate of Baptism must have been issued within six months of the date of marriage.
* Arrangements to attend one of the Marriage Preparation Programs offered by the Diocese of Fall River (or another suitable Pre-Cana Program outside of the Diocese).
* Marriage License.
* Enroll in a parish after marriage. Since you will be a new family after your wedding, it will be your responsibility to register in the parish where you will be living, whether it is Corpus Christi or another parish.
We know that all of us need God’s blessings at all times; at the time of their engagement to be married, Christians are in particular need of Grace as they prepare themselves to form a new family. We pray, then, for God’s blessings to come upon you, our brother and sister: that as you await the day of your wedding, you will grow in mutual respect and in your love for one another; that through your companionship and prayer together, you will prepare yourselves for marriage.