MARRIAGE AT ST. RICHARD'S
As you look forward to the celebration of your marriage,
we would like to provide you with information regarding the many questions you
may have at this time.
Marriage for Catholics in the Province of
Quebec is both religious and civil. The following documents are required:
1) proof of baptism and confirmation
issued within six months of the wedding.
2) freedom to marry:
If you are non-Catholic you will need a signed and witnessed sworn testimony
that you are free to marry.
If you have been previously married, you must provide
(a) proof of annulment and civil divorce or (b) marriage and death certificate
of former spouse.
3) couples domiciled in another parish need permission from the pastor of the
parish in which you reside in order for a marriage to take place in this parish.
4) couples domiciled in another diocese must have their pastor prepare all
required documentation which when completed and approved by the bishop of that
diocese will be forwarded to the diocese of Montreal for approval for the
marriage to take place in this parish. In this case one year is necessary for
5) if either party is non-Catholic or non-Christian, an original baptism or
birth certificate is required.
1) A marriage preparation course is
required by the diocese of Montreal. Information regarding these courses may be
obtained by (1) calling Sonia Kesik-Mitchell at the Department of Family Life,
diocese of Montreal at (514) 931-7311 loc. 219 or loc. 343 or (2) Engaged
Encounter in Pierrefonds (514) 685-9607 or Marriage Preparation (514) 489-6976.
2) Scheduled meetings will be arranged with the pastor to prepare for your
3) These meetings are with the couple, not with extended family members, friends
or wedding planners.
4) Any outside priest or minister whom you are planning to ask to participate in
your wedding is welcomed but must first be approved by the pastor.
5) A deposit of 1/3 of the wedding fee is required in order to book the wedding
date. The balance is due on or before the evening of the rehearsal. This amount
includes the fee paid by the parish to the archdiocese, the use of the church
and the maintenance required for a wedding, the interviews with the clergy, the
rehearsal, secretarial and administrative costs. Fees for soloists or musicians,
if requested, are additional and any costs incurred are payable directly to the
musicians. (see Music below)
1) A booklet to assist you in preparing
your wedding ceremony will be made available to you.
2) St. Richard's is an English-speaking parish and the language of the ceremony
will be English. You are welcome to include readings in another language. It
will, however, be your responsibility to find readings in the language of your
choice and organize readers (perhaps family or friends).
3) The pastor will discuss the wedding ceremony only with the couple.
4) During the scheduled meetings a rehearsal date will be determined. It is
important that all who are involved with the wedding party (including readers)
5) No children under five years of age will be permitted in the wedding party.
6) Only two witnesses may sign the parish register (usually the maid/matron of
honour and best man).
Your music must reflect the sacred nature
of the wedding ceremony.
The Director of Music, Connie Wilson, (514) 487-8978, will be happy to consult
with you in planning the music for your wedding. We recommend that you make
arrangements with Connie Wilson well in advance.
If you are thinking of including a soloist or other musicians in your ceremony,
please make sure this has been discussed and approved with the pastor before any
arrangements are made. If desired, Connie or the pastor will be pleased to refer you to other
Special requests that lie outside our wedding repertory are happily considered,
so long as they are liturgically appropriate and approved by the pastor.
The musician and/or singer's fees are paid
directly to them on the day of the wedding.
1) Any arrangements for decorating the
church must be discussed with the pastor beforehand.
2) Times for delivery of flowers or decorating of pews must be confirmed with
the parish office (514) 488-0778.
3) No flower petals, confetti, rice etc. are permitted anywhere either inside or
outside the church.
Photography & Videography:
1) All photographers and videographers
must meet with the pastor before the ceremony.
2) Professionalism and dress is of the utmost importance as your wedding is a
formal occasion. All photographers should behave professionally and be
3) Photographers must not be seen in the center aisle during the ceremony.. They
must not block the bride or wedding party during the procession or recession.
4) Photographers must not enter the sanctuary during the ceremony or come
between the priest and the couple.
5) Equipment must not clutter the church.
We hope this has been helpful. If you have
any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.
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