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The parish of Holy Rosary is very happy to learn of your plans for marriage. This is a most important step in your life, and our Church wishes to be of help to you as you prepare for your wedding day.
Marriage in the Church is a sacrament. The man and woman who exchange vows before a priest or deacon and assembly make a statement that God is an important partner in their marriage and that they wish to live out their married life as good Catholics.
In order to begin your marriage preparation, please contact the Priest at least 6 months before the possible wedding date. Also, you can download and complete the application below and return it with the appropriate wedding fee paid in full to Holy Rosary Church. The wedding fee is $250 for parishioners. This fee is for church rental/utilities; wedding coordinator and the pre-marital preparation with the marriage sponsor couple (the fee does not include any Diocesan charges for marriage preparation). However, if you choose to not use the services of the wedding coordinator, the fee is $150 for parishioners. There is also a Holy Rosary Guideline below. Please read over this guideline carefully, as it has important information regarding our church regulations for the ceremony. After the application is returned and fees are paid your date is “penciled in”. The priest will call you for an initial appointment.
Here is a brief overview of the preparation program for marriage at Holy Rosary Church:
The couple first meets with the priest or deacon to begin the preparation.
- The couple then meets with their sponsor couple assigned to them by the parish sponsor couple coordinator.
- The couple attends an “Engaged Encounter” weekend.
- The couple then meets with the priest or deacon to begin planning the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. The tentative marriage date is now finalized.
- Rehearsals will be conducted by the wedding coordinator.
- Weddings should be scheduled on Friday nights and Saturday mornings no later than noon.
When you come by the Parish office to return the application, we will provide a packet of information which includes a brief overview of the marriage preparation policy of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and some frequently asked questions dealing with the marriage liturgy. At the first meeting, we will be happy to discuss any of these points with you. We will also provide information about “Engaged Encounter”.
It is a delight to know of your desire to marry within our Catholic community. We who work in marriage preparation wish to be of service to you at this special time. Please know that we are already praying that you will have a happy future.
If you anticipate or expect to have a priest or deacon other than the priest or deacon from Holy Rosary Parish perform the wedding ceremony, please inform the staff when you turn in your marriage application.
If you have any questions before you return your completed marriage application, please do not hesitate to call the Parish Office at 647-5321.