One of the couple must be Catholic and a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish before requesting the Sacrament of Matrimony. Contact Fr. Guy at least six months prior to the anticipated date of marriage. Please do not make any firm wedding plans until you’ve spoken with Fr. Guy. He can be reached at 604-435-9611 ext. 4.
- If one of the couple was previously married to someone else (civil or church), then prior to contacting Fr. Guy, please contact the Marriage Tribunal Office (604-683-0281 ext. 50263) to obtain clearance to marry.
- We do not rent facilities for wedding receptions or parties.
What is the significance of Holy Matrimony?
The Sacrament of Matrimony, or marriage, is a unique sacrament because it is the man and the woman that mutually administers the sacrament upon each other in the presence of a priest or deacon and other witnesses.
It is a sacred covenant, a public promise made by the husband and the wife to be true to each other until death parts them. In order for a marriage to be valid, the couple must be entering into the covenant out of their own free will, without fear or coercion. They are also asked to honour and be true to each other for the rest of their lives, as well as to accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and His Church.