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 Marriage Preparation

Wedding Guidelines

​Planning your wedding can be one of the most exciting times of your life. We are happy that you have chosen St. Barbara Parish to be part of your special day. We want to help you plan a wedding liturgy that is both spiritual and sacramental. We as Catholics believe that marriage is a lifelong commitment and that it is a sacrament when it occurs between two baptized Christians.

Since planning a wedding can also be one of the most stressful times of your life, we have prepared a Wedding Guidelines Booklet to help guide you through the process. By answering common questions about getting married at our parish, this booklet sets forth guidelines that we trust you will follow. We are here to help you.

Download the Wedding Guidelines Booklet.

Contact Us

Father Michael Sikon ​Pastor
​Bob Vareha ​Music Director
Joan Duncan
​​Formation Office
Emily Christofano
​Wedding Coordinator

 Preliminary Planning

Parish Registration
The exchange of wedding vows in the Catholic Church (Holy Matrimony) is a sacrament when it occurs between two baptized Christians. All sacraments, including marriage, are celebrated in the presence of a faith community. Also, registration as a member of our faith community signifies your commitment to practicing the Catholic faith which includes regular attendance at Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis, and living other tenants of the Catholic faith.

Days and Times for Weddings
Wedding liturgies may take place at St. Barbara’s Parish any day of the week with the exception of Sunday. Friday and Saturday weddings are the most common. Saturday weddings may be held anytime from 2:00 - 3:00pm in the afternoon. Friday weddings may be held late afternoon or in the evening. Although weddings may be celebrated at St. Barbara’s during Advent and Lent, we prefer other times of the year for this celebration because of the prayerful and penitential nature of these seasons.

Steps in Sacramental Preparation
The wedding preparation process is designed to help you assess your readiness for sacramental marriage. Church law requires that engaged couples entering into marriage participate in a Sacramental Preparation Program. This should be completed three to six months prior to your wedding day. There are two options offered at St. Barbara: Sponsor Couple Program and the Diocese of Greensburg Catholic Engaged Encounter. If you live out of town, you have the option of attending Marriage Preparation in the diocese where you reside. You simply need to provide us with verification of completion.

 Steps in the Marriage Preparation Process

12 Months Prior to Your Wedding

 ___ Contact Joan Duncan to tentatively schedule wedding date.

10-12 Months Prior to Your Wedding
___ Schedule a Marriage Preparation introductory meeting with Father Michael Sikon.
___ Decide on an option for marriage preparation. Sponsor Couple or Engaged Encounter
___ Father will schedule the taking and review of the FOCCUS Communication Inventory.

1-3 Months Prior to Your Wedding
___ Schedule a meeting with the pastor to discuss details of the marriage liturgy, and to complete necessary paperwork, including the Liturgy Planning Sheet from
      "Together for Life” booklet.
___ View Suggested Wedding Music for the marriage liturgy
___ Turn in copies of your baptismal records to the pastor in the Parish Office.
___ Contact Bob Vareha to discuss plans for your liturgy and music.

Weeks Prior to Your Wedding
___ Turn in your marriage license to the parish office for processing.

Wedding Rehearsal
___ Priest, organist, server and cantor fees are due to Emily Christofano, Wedding Coordinator.

 Stipends for Marriage Liturgy

Marriage Liturgy Stipends​Amount due at Wedding Rehearsal
​Clergy: Father Michael Sikon​$250
​Wedding Coordinator: Emily Christofano​$150
​Organist: Bob Vareha​$150
Pay with Cash
​Altar Servers (Two) 
Pay with Cash
$20/server ($40 total)
Check should be made payable to the name listed above or cash if indicated.