Marriage in the Church
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
Code of Canon Law, #1055
Congratulations on your decision to marry in the Church.
We are very happy for you and will begin to pray for you as soon as you contact us. We want you to have a great marriage, one in which Jesus is an intimate part. The preparation for marriage is a time in your engagement to grow in your relationship with God, in emotional intimacy and knowledge of one another, and to grow in spiritual understanding of marriage as a sacrament of the Church. The priest will guide you through this preparation period.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone prepare for marriage at St. Dominic's?
Sorry, we can’t prepare everyone, but we can help those who are:
- Already registered parishioners (at least a year) or someone who lives within the parish boundaries;
- Someone who has a special circumstance. Please write a letter explaining your circumstances to the Pastor, Fr. Michael Fones, OP, and secure at a later date the permission of your own pastor.
How long does it take?
The Archdiocese requires a six-month preparation period.
What if we plan to get married at another parish?
We will prepare your required paperwork here and send it to the parish where you will be married. A donation of $200 covers the cost of the FOCCUS inventory and some of the priest's time.
WEDDINGS AT ST. DOMINIC'S
Contact the parish office (323) 254-2519 and speak to the duty priest. Do not make reservations for a reception hall until a date is scheduled.
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Other days are considered on a case-by-case basis.
No weddings occur on Sundays or during Lent.
Fridays: 7:00 p.m.
other days and times by arrangement
Some couples have married civilly but not sacramentally in the Church. A priest can describe to couples on a case-by-case basis how they may have their marriage convalidated, or blessed in the Catholic Church to make it a sacrament. Please call the office to make an appointment with a priest if you want to have your civil marriage convalidated.
Please contact the parish office and speak to the duty priest to discuss what steps may be needed before a wedding date can be set.
- The Pre-Nuptial Inquiry questions regarding your freedom to marry and your views on Christian marriage.
- FOCCUS Inventory
- Pre-Cana Conference at an archdiocesan parish -OR- Engaged Encounter Weekend (either will provide a certificate indicating your completion of the program)
Paperwork (All Couples)
- Baptismal Certificate (The Catholic Certificate is to be acquired within the last six months)
- Confirmation Certificate(s)
- Two Letters of Freedom for each of you (forms are available through your priest)
- State of California Marriage License (Unless this license is present, no wedding can occur)
Paperwork (Some Couples)
- Record of Permission for Mixed-Marriage (For a Catholic to marry a person baptized in another Christian Faith)
- Petition for Dispensation for Disparity of Worship (For a Catholic to marry a non-baptized person)
- Permission to be married in another parish / diocese
- Use of the church - due 2 months prior to the wedding
$500 for parishioners
(Catholics living in our boundaries)
$500 for registered parishioners
(Catholics who may not live within our boundaries)
$750 for non-parishioners
- Music - $200
- music must be coordinated through our Director, Mr. Rudy Acosta 323-258-9854
- Wedding Coordinator - $150
- Marriage preparation and FOCCUS inventory - included
- Engaged Encounter or Pre-Cana Conference - variable
We do not turn away couples because of financial hardship. Talk to the priest preparing you about what arrangements can be made.
- First Meeting with priest: Complete the Pre-nuptial Inventory
- Register for Engaged Encounter or Parish Pre-Cana Program
- Complete the online FOCCUS Inventory and complete the follow-up meetings with the priest
- Submit all required documents
- Plan Wedding Liturgy – turn in Liturgy Planning sheet to priest or deacon
- Meet with Music Director to select music
- Schedule to meet with Wedding Coordinator
- Pay fees and Church donation no later than 2 months before the wedding date
- Give the civil marriage license to the priest or deacon or wedding coordinator no later than the rehearsal – no license, no wedding!
- Pray for your fiancé(e)
Parish Resources for Planning your Wedding
This contains a wealth of information regarding the preparations for your wedding day at the parish
the prayers and order of the Nuptial Mass
A MS Word document you may edit
Prayers of the Faithful
"Holy Orders and Matrimony are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so.
They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1534