Sacrament of Matrimony

Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” The woman, “flesh of his flesh,” i.e., his counterpart, his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a “helpmate”; she thus represents God from whom comes our help. “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been “in the beginning”: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church [hereafter CCC], 2nd ed. (Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls, 2000), n. 1605.

Marriage at St. Lambert

St. Lambert Parish congratulates you and assures you of our prayers as you prepare to enter into the sacramental life of Holy Marriage.

A Catholic wedding is a sacrament in which a man and woman become husband and wife in the presence of God, the priest or deacon, and your family and friends.  St. Lambert staff will assist you in planning a wedding celebration that is meaningful, beautiful, and in keeping with the best of Catholic liturgy, theology, and spirituality. Above all else, a Catholic wedding Mass or ceremony gives glory to God.

Please refer to the Wedding Preparation Guidelines and use the Liturgy Guide-Flow documents to help you prepare for your wedding day.  If you are planning your wedding to be celebrated in the context of the Mass use the Wedding Mass guide, if not use the Wedding service guide.

If you have questions please contact the Parish office.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can we schedule our wedding date?
Your wedding date and time may be scheduled at your first marriage appointment with our Parish priest.

What days of the week and times are weddings celebrated?
Weddings are typically celebrated on Friday or Saturday. Other days of the week are permitted, providing that both the church and priest are available.  Please contact the Church for times.

Are there any days that weddings are not permitted?
The Catholic Church does not permit nuptial Masses and other ritual Masses on November 2, the Feast of All Souls or on other solemn feasts, such as Solemnity of Mary (Octave of Christmas)Jan 1, Christmas Day, and during Holy Week. Marriages during the Season of Lent are not encouraged.

Will the marriage be celebrated within the celebration of Mass?
If both the bride and the groom are Catholic, celebrating a marriage within a Mass is recommended since the Eucharist is our main sign of unity.  This entire liturgy will be approximately one hour in length.

If either the bride or the groom is not Catholic, it is recommended the marriage be celebrated without a Mass.  This communicates a liturgical celebration in which the unity of the couple and their families is upheld.  This entire liturgy will be approximately forty minutes in length.

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