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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.

  1. Baptismal Certificates for both bride and groom.
  2. 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.
  3. Ecclesiastical Certificate will be needed for a visiting priest.
  4. Together for Life Selections
  5. FOCUS Completion
  6. Engaged Encounter
  7. Our Parish Matrimony Form
  8. 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.