The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant which is more than a contract. A covenant 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.
Here at St. Joseph’s we welcome both parishioners and non-parishioners to celebrate their marriage at our parish. Below are the steps you should consider if you would like to celebrate your marriage at St. Joseph’s. If you are interested in having your marriage validated, the same basic steps will be followed but the process may be abbreviated depending on the circumstances. Please complete the online request form and someone will be in touch with you.
- Complete this Wedding Request Form online. Note that you must submit your request no later than six months in advance of the wedding. This is to allow enough time for both of you to attend the marriage preparation classes and to have the most options for scheduling the Church.
- You will be scheduled for a meeting with Father Kevin, Father John, or Deacon Scott for the pre-nuptial interview. If you are registered at a different parish, we ask that you provide the celebrant who will take care of the pre-nuptial interview as well as any subsequent meetings.
- You will then be able to sign up for the marriage preparation program being offered at our parish or the archdiocese along with the Natural Family Planning Class.
- Closer to the date you will also meet with our Wedding Sacristan who will go over the liturgical details as well as what happens at the rehearsal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have my own priest or deacon officiate at the wedding?
Non-parishioners are asked to arrange for their own priest or deacon to officiate at the wedding. All paperwork and marriage preparation including Marriage Prep classes must be done at your home parish by the officiant. All engaged couples must participate in a marriage preparation course regardless of who is officiating.
What is the schedule for weddings at St. Joseph’s?
Weddings at St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor are scheduled for 11:00 am or 1:00 pm on Saturdays.
What are some details that I should know about St. Joseph’s?
Our new Church seats around 540 people. It is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible. There is both a piano and hybrid Allen pipe organ available for music. There is no place to dress on-site.
Is the parish hall available for receptions?
At this time the parish hall is not available for receptions.
I was married in a civil ceremony and would like to pursue having my marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. What steps do I need to take?
The same steps will be followed as with a wedding but certain elements may be abbreviated depending on your personal circumstances. Please submit the online wedding request form and someone will be in touch with you.
- Planning a Catholic Wedding. Here you’ll find an extensive checklist.
- The Por tu Matrimonio Web site inspires, assists, and encourage Spanish-speaking couples to live their marriage more fully. Por Tu Matrimonio es un espacio para inspirar, ayudar y exhortar a las parejas de habla hispana a vivir más plenamente su relación de pareja.
- Worldwide Marriage Encounter or email the Parish Office for local information.
- Preparing for Marriage: the Archdiocese of Baltimore This site can answer many questions regarding a Catholic marriage and preparation.
- Catholic Wedding Traditions and the Rite of Marriage. Talks about what’s expected and the parts of a nuptial Mass.
- Is it the Real Thing? This is a list of questions that you can ask one another in preparation for marriage.
A Marriage Prayer
We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts.
May it always inspire us to be kind in our words,
considerate of feeling, and concerned for each other’s needs and wishes.
Help us to be understanding and forgiving
of human weaknesses and failings.
Increase our faith and trust in You
and may Your Prudence guide our life and love.
Bless our Marriage O God, with Peace and Happiness,
and make our love fruitful for Your glory and our Joy
both here and in eternity.