St. Mary's Cathedral Winnipeg

Marriage

Who can be married?

Any adult Catholic, who is free of a prior bond of marriage, may freely enter into marriage with another adult Catholic or someone of another Christian church or religious tradition. In marriage a man and a woman are joined in an intimate bond of love and life.

Who can be married in this parish?

Anyone who fits the first criteria and who resides within the territory of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish or who are registered and regularly attend Sunday Eucharist here, but live outside our parish territory. Anyone who wishes to get married at the Cathedral must be attending and registered with our parish for at least 6 months before any arrangements can be made for a wedding.

Couples who live in another community, province or country and who wish to be married at the Cathedral must first contact their own parish priest, who will be responsible for all necessary documentation and preparations for marriage; only then, upon the recommendation of the parish priest, can a date be arranged with St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish.

What if I have been married before?

Catholic Church law prevents us from arranging dates for weddings of people who are not free to marry until the marital situation of each party (whether Catholic or not) has been clarified. Please discuss your situation with the Rector.

How do I “book” a wedding?

When the couple is ready to arrange a date for marriage, the bride or groom is asked to personally contact our parish office to arrange an appointment with the pastor. Our parish staff will not discuss the availability of dates by telephone, FAX or email.

Both bride and groom are expected to attend all appointments and marriage preparation sessions.

Both bride and groom should bring a sense of openness and a spirit of co-operation to the first session and to all the various aspects of marriage preparation. We are here to help and guide you as you prepare for this most important day and relationship in your life.


Marriage Preparation

Couples are asked to participate in marriage preparation to assist them in discerning their mutual call to the vocation of marriage. These classes are held here at the Cathedral and usually run for five consecutive weeks beginning sometime in February or March. Couples will be notified as to when these classes begin.

The period of marriage preparation is a very important time for both bride and groom. It is a time for growth in your mutual love and in your faith and commitment in Jesus Christ. For Catholics, this period should be marked by more regular attendance at Sunday Eucharist, and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.