"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".

YOUR WEDDING AT CHRIST THE KING

A member of the parish staff will be happy to help you plan your wedding. Please call the office for an appointment, (903) 483 2500. The first thing to keep in mind about your wedding ceremony is that it is liturgy, that is, the church’s public celebration of the sacrament of matrimony. As such, it must adhere to the approved texts and liturgical law as outlined in The Rite of Marriage. For some general information about planning a wedding, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has prepared this resource where you will discover the many possibilities for making your wedding day both unique and beautiful.

Music at a Catholic wedding should be beautiful, prayerful and accessible. A wealth of beautiful music is available from which to choose. It should be prayerful, based on scriptural or liturgical texts, and it should be accessible – that is, easily sung and prayed by the congregation.

Music at a Catholic wedding should be beautiful, prayerful and accessible. A wealth of beautiful music is available from which to choose. It should be prayerful, based on scriptural or liturgical texts, and it should be accessible – that is, easily sung and prayed by the congregation.

A link for a whole library of articles is included here to help you organize your choices of readings, music and ministers. Before printing any programs for your wedding, please submit a draft copy to the parish priest . 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!

"Now what do we do?"

1. Call Your Parish (9-12 months before the wedding)
Call as soon as you get engaged! A member of the parish staff will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your wedding preparations as soon as possible.

2. Initial Meeting (9 months before wedding)
At this meeting, you’ll learn about the formation process for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, the necessary paperwork for your marriage, and set your tentative wedding date.

3. Couple Inventory (7-8 months before wedding)
The couple inventory provides you with a personalized profile of your relationship. Your parish will set this up for you, and upon completion, they will help you schedule the follow-up session to review your results.

4. Witness to Love (7-8 months before wedding)
You will be asked to choose your own marriage mentor couple who will accompany you during your formation and throughout your first few years of marriage using the Witness to Love model. You will have several meetings with them in the time leading up to your wedding, and they will continue to be a support to you in the years to come!

5. Three to Get Married Retreat (6-7 months before wedding)
This retreat weekend will be an opportunity for you to grow closer to Jesus Christ and to one another. Here you will build on the topics you have discussed with your Pastor and your Mentor Couple, with a special focus on the theology of Catholic marriage and other teachings of our Catholic faith. Click the link below for a schedule of upcoming retreat weekends.

6. Natural Family Planning (5-6 months before the wedding)
NFP respects the love-giving and life-giving purposes of marriage and enriches the bond between husband and wife. This course gives couples a natural approach to understanding the cycles of fertility and infertility. Course listings may be found on the St. Philip Institute website.

7. Final Meeting (2 months before the wedding)
This meeting will review your previous preparation, complete all your paperwork, and plan your wedding liturgy. You’re getting close to celebrating this beautiful sacrament!

8. Sacrament of Reconciliation (1 week before the wedding)
Catholics preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation and the Eucharist are invaluable sources of grace and healing. Celebrate this sacrament with your spouse-to-be!

WITNESS TO LOVE
"Because of the intense attacks on marriage in our society, it is imperative that we improve our efforts to build and nurture strong Christian marriages in our Diocese. The formation and continuing support we give to couples entering into matrimony is perhaps the most important project we undertake".

What is Witness to Love?

Witness to Love is a virtues-based, Catechumenate model of marriage renewal and preparation that integrates modern principles of psychology and the virtues to help couples facilitate an authentic dialogue about their relationship.

What makes Witness to Love Different?

What makes Witness to Love unique is that the engaged couple chooses their own mentor couple. This is a couple they both admire and see as a source of faith formation. This mentor couple gives them a concrete connection and integration into the parish. Through the sharing of the mentor couples’ own marriage journey, the engaged couple inherits a “lifeline” of support in their commitment to Jesus and His Church.