"The family, which is founded and given life by love, is a community of persons:
of husband and wife, of parents and children, of relatives. Its first task is to
live with fidelity the reality of communion in a constant effort to develop an
authentic community of persons."
Pope John Paul II (1981)
Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, #18
Preparation Check List for Engaged Couples
Establishing Freedom to Marry:
If either party has been married before, either in a church or in a civil ceremony,
the previous marriage will have to be annulled before the wedding can proceed.
Couples should not set a wedding date until the annulment process is complete.
Selecting a Witness:
You will need to find a witness for both the bride and the groom.
The witness does not necessarily need to be a Catholic, but should be an adult who is able to
witness the wedding and can attest to your freedom to marry.
Complete FOCCUS personality assessment.
Complete one of the following: Evenings for the Engaged, Engaged Encounter,
or Archdiocesan marriage preparation retreat.
Individual interview with both bride and groom.
Individual interview with each witness.
For Catholic party or parties: A baptismal certificate issued by the parish
of your baptism within the last six months, complete with the section called “Notation.”
For non-Catholic baptized party (if applicable): A baptismal certificate.
If you are not able to provide a baptismal certificate, contact us about the
possibility of providing another acceptable proof of baptism.
If a previous marriage has been annulled, a copy of the decree of nullity will
need to be presented.
If either party has been married to someone who has passed away, a death certificate
will need to be presented.
The family at Mary, Queen of Peace and the Catholic Church would like to
congratulate you on your decision to embrace the sacrament of marriage.
The sacrament of marriage should not be undertake without due
consideration. The splendor of the sacrament includes much more that a
ceremony on your wedding day. The Catholic Church has prepared a
process intended to help you understand and enjoy the sacrament of
marriage. Mary, Queen of Peace is looking forward to helping though this
To be married in the Catholic Church, one party to the marriage must be
Catholic and both must be free to marry, i.e. either not previously married,
or if one was previously married, he/she has received through the Catholic Church
a declaration of nullity for that previous marriage.
For more information please contact Zoltan Abraham at 425.391.1178, ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married
state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its
own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage."The
vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as
they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human
institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through
the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual
attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common
and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution
is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the
greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. "The
well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian
society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and