The Sacrament of Matrimony
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.
Requirements for Matrimony
First Step: Schedule a Preliminary Meeting with the priest at least six months in advance to set a wedding date and time. Note: only the designated priest can schedule your wedding date in the office calendar. 2 PM on Saturdays is the latest time for ceremonies.
Second Step: Collect and submit the following paperwork and please review our Diocese’s guidelines.
- Baptismal Certificates for both bride and groom.
- If neither the bride or groom is a parishioner at Holy Spirit, a Letter of Permission is required from the Pastor of the home parish.
- Ecclesiastical Certificate will be needed for a visiting priest.
- Together for Life Selections
- FOCUS Completion
- Engaged Encounter
- Our Parish Matrimony Form
- Florida Marriage License
Third Step: Selection of Readings and scheduling of the Rehearsal with the priest officiating at the wedding. Full payment of the Wedding Fee must be paid at the rehearsal.
Fourth Step: Clean up of the church after the Wedding Ceremony/Mass must be done as soon as possible. Sunday Vigil Mass begins at 4 PM with people arriving by 3:30 PM.