FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Visiting Priest or Deacon
With the explicit permission (delegation) of the pastor of St. Patrick, a visiting priest or deacon may officiate at your wedding. Please discuss this with the pastor when you meet with him. It is your responsibility to contact the priest or deacon to ask him to officiate. If the priest or deacon is from outside the Archdiocese of San Antonio, he must submit a Letter of Good Standing from his Superior (if Religious) or his Bishop (if a Diocesan Priest) that testifies to his good standing.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
It is strongly recommended that Catholics preparing for marriage celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation - some proximate time prior to the wedding so that they may fruitfully receive the sacrament of marriage.
The unity candle is not an official part of the Catholic marriage ritual. Its use is optional. It is the responsibility of the couple to provide the unity candle, the two small accompanying candles and any holders. The unity candle may not be placed on the altar.
Wedding is just for a day, but Marriage takes a LIFETIME
As you begin your life together, it is very important that you become members of a parish. If you intend to live within the boundaries of St. Patrick, we encourage you to register as a family. Please register in the Parish Office and be involved actively in the parish.
A Thought to Ponder
Your wedding ceremony is a time to express your faith and the depth of your love for each other before God and the community. It is not a time to be superficial or showy; you want to be most sincere and honest in what you say and do. You want to plan well so you will mean everything you say and say everything that has meaning for you. The careful selection of the prayers and readings should articulate your sincere and sound faith. We will be happy to work with you to make materials available for these selections. Since the religious ceremony is a faith event, this will demand some participation, collaboration on your part and a willingness to work with those who will help you in the planning of this very important event. What you believe, what you hope and pray for is what you will celebrate on your wedding day.
Please click here, for more guidelines for a wedding Mass at St. Patrick. Thank you.