“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.” Mk 10:7-8
“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, 1601
Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. St. Mary Parish and the Archdiocese of Denver offer marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament, to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life, and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple. Couples planning to marry at St Mary’s should contact the Parish Office, 970-925-7339, at least eight months before their anticipated wedding date to begin the marriage preparation process.
Please contact your local Parish to begin the marriage preparation process. Once you have begun the marriage preparation process, please contact our office at 970-925-7339 to check availability. You may not reserve a date until St. Mary Parish has received confirmation from your Pastor that you have started the marriage preparation process.
Please speak with Fr. Darrick after Sunday Mass to begin the marriage preparation process. Contact Julia in the Parish office at 970-925-7339 to complete necessary documents and check availability.
-For Catholics, a current copy of each individual’s baptismal certificate issued from the parish of baptism within 6 months of the wedding date. The baptismal certificates must be given to Fr. Darrick. Non-Catholics are asked to try and obtain a copy of their baptismal certificate or baptismal record. Once you have begun the marriage
-Marriage License – the State of Colorado requires a Marriage License, which is valid only for thirty days. The wedding cannot be performed without a license. The license must be given to the presiding priest at the rehearsal.
A Nuptial Mass is the usual form for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony between two Catholics.
The couple will discuss the specifics of the liturgy, including readings and music, during Marriage Prep.
A marriage between a Catholic and a baptized Christian is usually celebrated outside of Mass.
A marriage between a Catholic and an unbaptized person is always celebrated outside of Mass.