Matrimony

“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 Archdiocese requires a minimum eight-month preparation period before the wedding.  The marriage prep process is designed not just for a beautiful wedding day, but to build the type of marriage that will last till death do us part.

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. –  CCC 1601

The sacrament of marriage is one that brings great blessings to the couple, to their family and friends, and the Church as a whole. The Cathedral parish strives to prepare couples for a lifetime of grace filled blessings in the relationship that will help lead them to eternal salvation.

Basic Requirements

  • The Archdiocese requires a minimum eight-month preparation period before the wedding.
  • For marrying a second time, be aware that time must be given for a possible annulment procedure. Archdiocesan law prohibits the scheduling of a wedding until the annulment process is complete and an affirmative decision has been given.

Preliminary Prep

  • The couple should schedule an appointment with the priest or deacon who is responsible for marriage preparation for an initial interview.  Afterward, the couple may schedule their wedding date.
  • The Office Manager will schedule a time for the couple to take the FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communications, Understanding and Study) inventory, and set up times to discuss the results.  Designated married couples who assist in the marriage preparation program may facilitate this.
  • The engaged couple should also check with the Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese, or call 303-715-3259 to register for classes that are part of the marriage preparation process.

Necessary Documents

  • For Catholic(s), a current copy of each individual’s Baptismal certificate (issued within 6 months of the wedding date) from the parish of Baptism. The Baptismal certificates must be turned in to the parish office. Non-Catholics are asked to try and obtain a copy of their certificate or record of Baptism.
  • Marriage License – The State of Colorado requires a Marriage License (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.
  • Contact the parish office to schedule a meeting to complete necessary documents.

The Marriage Ceremony

A Nuptial Mass is the usual form for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony between two Catholics.

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.

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