Parish guidelines for marriage



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PARISH GUIDELINES FOR MARRIAGE
The Catholic Community of St. Maximilian Kolbe congratulates you in your decision to explore your Christian vocation through the Sacrament of Marriage. We welcome you, and we are here to guide you and help you in preparing for this sacrament.
All couples must begin their preparation for marriage

at least 6 months prior to the desired wedding date.

  1. In order to enter into a sacramental marriage, you must both be “free” to marry. This means that if you have been previously married – civilly, in a church, or common law – that marriage is presumed to be a permanent union, and therefore you can not enter a marriage preparation process for a second marriage unless:




  1. One of you should be Catholic and should belong to a Catholic parish.





  1. In a marriage where only one of the partners is Catholic, both parties must agree to raise any children who are born into this marriage in the Catholic faith.




  1. For your preparation and marriage to take place at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish, either the bride or the groom, or one of their families must:

  • Be a registered member of St. Maximilian Kolbe parish; or,

  • Reside within the parish boundaries of St. Maximilian Kolbe parish; or,

  • Have written permission from the Pastor of the Catholic party to celebrate the marriage at St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Your Initial Meeting




If you meet the above criteria, make an appointment to meet with the Pastoral Associate. He will explain to you the process of marriage preparation and the expectations of the Archdiocese and of the parish in regards to marriage.



A Marriage Preparation Fee of $150 is required to be paid in full at this initial meeting. Make your check payable to St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

After Your Initial Meeting




After meeting with the Pastoral Associate, you will be matched up with a member of the parish’s clergy (priests and deacons) for the remainder of the marriage preparation process. They will help you to arrange the date and time of your wedding and to get it on the Parish Calendar.

The preferable start times for weddings here at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish are on Saturday’s, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. Weddings are not normally celebrated on Sundays. No solemn wedding is celebrated during the season of Lent.




RATES AND DONATIONS

There is no charge for the celebration of sacraments in the Catholic Church. The sacraments of the Church are free, offered through the grace of God. There are, however, expenses for the use of our facilities, and we ask you to help us to defray these costs.




Facility Rates

Parishioners who have been active, registered members in our parish for more than one year may use the church facilities at a discounted rate.


New parishioners, inactive parishioners, and non-parishioners must pay the full rate for use of the parish facilities.
Building Discounted Rate Full Rate
The Church $450 per event $600 per event

The Chapel $ 50 per event $100 per event

Musicians’ Rates

If your wedding will take place here at St. Maximilian Kolbe, you will need to schedule a meeting with the Music Minister at least one month before your wedding date to plan the music for your wedding liturgy.


Our parish has several talented, well-trained musicians who participate in the wedding ministry. Our Music Minister can arrange for an accompanist and a cantor for your wedding.
Musician’s Fee $275
If you have someone else in mind to provide the music for your wedding, our Music Minister must review and approve your selection before you hire and schedule them.

Priest’s Stipend

When you have a priest presiding at your wedding without a Mass, or at your wedding within a Mass, it is customary to offer a Stipend of $75 to the priest.



Summary of Fees and Rates
Payable at the initial session:
Marriage Preparation Fee: $150
Payable when scheduling the facilities (minimum 50% deposit):
Church Fee (for a large wedding): $450 per event (parishioner) $600 per event
Chapel Fee (for a small wedding): $ 50 per event (parishioner) $100 per event

Payable 30 days prior to your wedding date:
Musician’s Fee $275
Priest’s Stipend: $ 75



  • Half of all facility usage fees are to be paid to the Parish Scheduling Secretary at the time your wedding reservation is made.

  • The remainder of your fees is due 30 days prior to your wedding date.

  • If the reservation is cancelled, a cancellation fee of 50% will be assessed.

  • All checks should be made payable to St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.


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