Sacrament of Matrimony


“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament” (Catechism, 1601).

Weddings are celebrated in the upper church on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Weddings may be scheduled on Friday evenings in certain circumstances. A couple should be married in the parish church of either the bride or the groom.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia requires a preparation period before the celebration of marriage: you should contact one of the parish priests no later than six months prior to your intended wedding date.

Engaged couples are required to participate in a Pre-Cana program of marriage preparation. This can be done in the parish or through programs sponsored by the archdiocesan Family Life Office. More information is available from the priest preparing you for marriage.