We ask that you read carefully through the document entitled "St. Mary's Marriage Guidelines."
These guidelines are designed to assist you in the planning of your marriage at St. Mary's parish.
Those who are planning on getting married at St. Mary's should also review the information at the Diocese of Austin link entitled "Marriage Preparation."
For those who are asking a priest from outside the Diocese of Austin to preside at the wedding, a statement of suitability is required to minister in the Diocese of Austin.
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Guidelines for Visiting Clergy and Religious
For Those Who are Preparing for Marriage
Congratulations on your engagement!
And as you begin the preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony,
please be assured of our prayers and support.
There is a Registration Requirement at St. Mary's: The couple (at least one of the pair) must be either living inside St. Mary’s Parish Boundaries or be an ACTIVE and REGISTERED member of St. Mary’s parish.
The pastor will also consider permitting a marriage and/or witnessing to the marriage if the parents of either the bride or the groom are active and registered members of St. Mary's parish. In accordance with Canon Law, this would still require the couple to get the appropriate permission from the pastor of the Catholic Church where they regularly attend Mass.
As a general rule the pastor of St. Mary's will not permit nor witness to marriages for any persons who are not connected to St. Mary's, as described above.
Contact the Pastor.
Take a Personal Relationship Assessment.
Attend a Marriage Preparation Program.
Take an NFP Introductory Course.
Remain in prayer together.
Contact the pastor at 254-753-0146 or by emailing him at: email@example.com. Please contact him at least six to twelve months prior to your planned wedding date.
At least six months prior to the wedding date, couples should take a premarital inventory, such as FOCCUS. This preliminary inventory will normally be administered/facilitated by the pastor or by one of the deacons.
Marriage preparation couples are required to participate in a formal marriage preparation course, such as "For Better & For Ever" or another course approved by the diocese. "For Better & For Ever" is a couple sponsorship program. The parish staff will assist you in setting up a "For Better & For Ever" course.
Marriage preparation couples must also take at least a one-hour introduction to Natural Family Planning (full course preferred) in one of the methods approved by the Diocese of Austin, either the Billings Method, the Creighton Model (CrMS) or the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM). For more information concenring NFP methods see the links to the left Also see the "Natural Family Planning" page at the Austin Diocese website.
Tot attend NFP classes in Austin, visit the Austin Diocese NFP Courses page
Remain in prayer together as you approach the day youwill take your vows. Remember that, despite all of thepractical preparations for the wedding, the spiritual preparations for the marriage are most important