Welcome and Congratulations on your engagement! We are excited for you and for your families! Your commitment to love one another forever is a sign of hope for the world. Your request to be married in the community of the Church is a sign of faith. We, the people of Holy Spirit Parish, pray that God will bless your marriage, and, through you make the world a better place.
You start by calling the parish office (314-739-0230).
Generally as soon as the two of you have decided to get married, preferably a year or more in advance, and definitely before you schedule a reception venue. The Common Marriage Policy requires couples to contact a priest a minimum of six months before the intended wedding date. Couples are encouraged to contact the parish office as soon as they become engaged, even though the intended date is a year or more away. (Note that marriage dates are only tentative until after pre-marriage assessment work is completed.)
To be married at Holy Spirit, at least one party should be a registered member of Holy Spirit Parish and be living an active and practicing Catholic life. Non-parishioners may also be married at Holy Spirit but there is an additional non-parishioner fee.
Weddings at Holy Spirit may be celebrated on most Fridays and Saturdays of the year. Weddings may be schedule on Friday evenings, or on Saturdays at either 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Weddings may be scheduled during the season of Lent but they are not encouraged due to the penitential spirit of the season.
Yes, there is much to plan, and a lot to prepare. But we pray that - through it all - you will keep a place in your heart for what really matters. Your wedding is a day; your marriage is forever. The time you spend now talking, praying, forgiving, and working on your relationship, sets the ground work for a holy and life giving marriage: in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, all the days of your life.
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