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. You will also be given the opportunity to attend a Marriage Workshop, held semi annually here at the parish. The workshop provides details on the liturgy, music, and environment.