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This page is intended to answer a few of the questions which are most likely on your mind at this time.  It may also help you to raise some questions which haven't yet occurred to you, but which will be important for you to consider as you make plans for your wedding.


Who can be married at St. Andrew's Cathedral?

Normally, those who are registered parishioners of the Cathedral Parish.  The Catholic Church has a long tradition of celebrating the sacraments within one's own community of faith. There can be exceptions to this, however. For example, couples belonging to other parishes of the Diocese might wish to celebrate their wedding in the Cathedral with a priest from their home parish officiating.


Who is able to officiate at weddings in the Cathedral?

The Rector and other priests and deacons associated with the Cathedral officiate at Cathedral weddings. In addition, permission can be given for a close priest or deacon friend to officiate. And, as indicated above, if you belong to another parish in the Diocese, your pastor will be the appropriate person to approach in this matter.


Are people who have been married before able to be married in the Catholic Church?

Normally speaking, the answer to this question is no. That is because the Catholic Church regards marriage as a permanent commitment. However, because there are exceptions and extenuating circumstances in this whole area, you would be well advised to discuss it as soon as possible with the priest whom you approach about officiating at your wedding.


Is some sort of preparation needed for couples wishing to be married?

Yes. Since marriage in the Catholic Church is a sacrament and a lifetime commitment, one of the ways we value and honour it is by taking time to help couples prepare. All Cathedral parishioners begin this process with an interview with the priest or deacon whom they approach to celebrate the wedding. This takes place before the wedding date is finalized on the Cathedral calendar. Afterwards, couples are required to participate in a marriage preparation program, a number of which are approved by the Cathedral. Couples who are not Cathedral parishioners deal directly in this matter with the priest or deacon who will officiate at their wedding.


When may weddings take place at the Cathedral?

Saturday is the usual day for weddings to be celebrated. They are never celebrated on Sundays.  Also, the Church discourages celebration of weddings during the season of Lent.


Do Catholic weddings always take place during Mass?

No. Weddings can be celebrated either during the celebrationof Mass or during a Liturgy of the Word. Normally, weddings are celebrated during Mass only when both parties are of the Catholic faith.


Does the Cathedral have policies regarding the content of the wedding service, the music to be used, etc?

Yes. The content of the service is set forth in the Church's official Ritual Book for weddings. However, the couple being married is encouraged to engage in helping to plan the wedding service by choosing the Scripture readings that will be used. There are certain other options for the service, too, which will be explained to you. The Cathedral also has standards and policies regarding the music to be used at a wedding which you are asked to discuss with the Cathedral's Director of Music.


How does one arrange to get a wedding on the Cathedral calendar?

Contact the parish office at (250) 388-5571.  You will be asked some preliminary questions and invited to meet with the priest whom you wish to officiate at your wedding. Wedding dates are not finalized until the priest has accepted to perform the marriage ceremony.  In those cases when a Cathedral parishioner wishes to invite a close priest or deacon friend from outside the parish to officiate at the wedding, the wedding date will remain tentative until the priest or deacon has requested and received permission from the Cathedral Rector.


NOTE:  The above steps should be followed before you finalize any arrangements regarding the place of your reception, contracts with photographers, florists, etc.