According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
“The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of
Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to
love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life” (no. 1661).
Because of its importance, marriage normally requires six months of preparation, which is designed to help the couple prepare for the duties and responsibilities of the sacrament. No date for a wedding may be set until the couple has had an initial meeting with the priest or deacon who will prepare them for marriage.
Those who live within the boundaries of Saint Benedict parish have a right to be married in the parish. Everyone else—even if they regularly attend Mass at Saint Benedict’s—must first obtain permission from the pastor of their territorial parish.
The pastor of Saint Benedict’s will conduct the marriage preparation of those who (1) reside within the boundaries of Saint Benedict parish, and (2) regularly attend Mass in the parish. Others should have their local priest or deacon prepare them for marriage.
Regarding weddings, the pastor of Saint Benedict will officiate the marriage of a person who (1) resides within Saint Benedict parish, (2) regularly attends Mass in the parish, or (3) either grew up in the parish or attended Benedictine College Preparatory. All others must have their own officiant, whom the Diocese of Richmond approves, and to whom the pastor of Saint Benedict will grant delegation to perform the wedding in the parish.
Fees are assessed to cover the parish’s expenses associated with weddings. Those who are active parishioners pay a lesser fee than who are not active parishioners.
For more information, contact Ida B. O’Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Administrative Manager.
“There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.”
— John 2:1–2