Marriage

“A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, so they are no longer two but one flesh."
Mk 10:7-8

Congratulations!  Come see Father Brian as soon as you can after getting engaged. The Archdiocese requires a minimum eight-month preparation period before the wedding.  The marriage prep process is designed not just for a beautiful wedding day, but to build the type of marriage that will last till death do us part.

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. –  CCC 1601

The sacrament of marriage is one that brings great blessings to the couple, to their family and friends, and the Church as a whole. Our Lady of Lourdes parish strives to prepare couples for not only their wedding day, but for a lifetime of grace filled blessings in the relationship that will help lead them to eternal salvation.

Basic Requirements

  • The Archdiocese requires a minimum eight-month preparation period before the wedding. Please contact Mary Rogers at 303.722.6861 or at mary@lourdesdenver.org to set up an initial meeting with Fr. Brian Larkin and begin your marriage prep. At the initial meeting, the couple may schedule their wedding date with Mary Rogers.

Preliminary Prep

  • Mary will schedule a time for the couple to take the FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communications, Understanding and Study) inventory, and set up times to discuss the results.  Designated married couples who assist in the marriage preparation program may facilitate this.

Necessary Documents

  • For Catholic(s), a current copy of each individual’s baptismal certificate issued from the parish of baptism within 6 months of the wedding date. The baptismal certificates must be given to Mary Rogers. Non-Catholics are asked to try and obtain a copy of their baptismal certificate or baptismal record.
  • Marriage License – The State of Colorado requires a Marriage License, which is valid only for thirty days.  The wedding cannot be performed without a license.  The license must be given to Fr. Brian Larkin at the rehearsal.
  • Contact Mary Rogers to set up a meeting to fill out other necessary documents at least 8 months prior to your wedding date.

The Marriage Ceremony

A Nuptial Mass is the usual form for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony between two Catholics.

A marriage between a Catholic and a baptized Christian is usually celebrated outside of Mass.

A marriage between a Catholic and an unbaptized person is always celebrated outside of Mass.

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Mary Rogers

Executive Assistant to Clergy

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