Marriage Preparation Program

Welcome to the beginnings of a memorable day in your lives. As Consultants we will help you plan the liturgy for your wedding or wedding anniversary mass. We will help you select consultants from among your family and friends, help you with your selected readings, guide your during rehearsal and assist you and the presider during the mass.

PLANNING THE LITURGY FOR YOUR CELEBRATION
The consultants will help you decide between a Word Liturgy or a Eucharistic Liturgy, discuss options for your liturgy from the Together for Lifeî booklet, help you select the ministers who will assist at your celebration. The consultants will assist as you select your processional style and decide on your entourage seating arrangements. They will help you with photographers, videographers, altar and aisle decorations, musicians and soloists.

WHO HELPS YOU CELEBRATE?
If you choose a Word Liturgy, the participants will be the Bride and Groom, the priest or deacon, two official witnesses and Lector (1-4)

If you choose a Eucharistic Liturgy, in addition to the above, you will need the assistance of an Acolyte/Deacon and two Eucharistic Ministers.

Additional ministers may include Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, Bearers for rings, coins, bible and flowers, Primary Sponsors, Secondary Sponsors (Unity Candle, Veil and Cord), Gift Bearers (2-4), a Cross Bearer, Mass Candle Bearers.

THE PROCESSIONAL
The bride and groom are the ministers of the sacrament of marriage. They enter the assembly from the same door; avoiding any visual suggestion that one is more important than the other.

Separation of the men and women in the procession (separate single file for bridesmaids and grooms is discouraged. It is an artificial separation of people who have been chosen to be partners for the day.

Other processional participants are the ministers of the liturgy, parents, grandparents, two witnesses and special friends of the couple (bridesmaids, groomsmen, sponsors, bearers).

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS
The liturgy during which you celebrate your wedding or wedding anniversary is a sacred moment of rejoicing in prayers, song and gesture. While we understand your desire to record this moment, we ask you to observe the following rules so that the sacred joy of this day is not marred by photo and taping equipment and those who operate it:

PROFESSIONALS ONLY, NO FLASH OR BRIGHT LIGHTS
Photographers and videographers are not permitted to roam about the church once the liturgy begins.

Thirty minutes ONLY are allowed for the photo session. Please instruct your entourage to be attentive and close by. You are encouraged to take photographs before the celebration.

DECORATIONS
Floral decorations should never impede the ritual movement and action of the liturgical celebration. There are many places that could enhance the liturgical space with floral baskets and bowls (steps, ambo, candles). The whole church is considered the arena for decoration, not merely the sanctuary. A floral arrangement may be placed on the narthex table. Pew decorations can be secured with a thick rubber band. ABSOLUTELY NO SCOTCH TAPE, NO MASKING TAPE, NO TACKS. If tulle or netting yardage is draped it should NOT be secured, but easily removed before Holy Communion. Aisle runners are discouraged for safety reasons.

For more information, contact Deacon Pete Lobo via email or by phone at 707-643-0867.

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